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Tampa Bay Rays' Ben Zobrist wins AL player of the week award

Ben Zobrist batted .440 with two homers, 13 RBIs and 
a .960 slugging percentage in six games last week.

Associated Press

Ben Zobrist batted .440 with two homers, 13 RBIs and a .960 slugging percentage in six games last week.

Zobrist keeps player of the week run alive

ST. PETERSBURG — The joke was that Rays second baseman/rightfielder Ben Zobrist had a pretty good week in Thursday's doubleheader, when he rapped seven hits and drove in 10 runs.

Turns out, he had the best week of any player in the American League, winning the AL player of the week award, the third straight for a Rays player.

In six games, Zobrist hit .440 (11-for-25), leading the majors with 13 RBIs (including two homers), sharing the lead with eight runs and 24 total bases and ranking second with a .960 slugging percentage. He posted a .444 on-base percentage and 1.404 OPS.

Rays DH Johnny Damon shared the award two weeks ago, and right-hander James Shields won it last week. It's the first time teammates won three straight since June 2007 when Detroit's Gary Sheffield (co-winner), Justin Verlander and Carlos Guillen were honored.

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Tampa Bay Rays' Ben Zobrist wins AL player of the week award 05/02/11 [Last modified: Monday, May 2, 2011 6:50pm]
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