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Rays rookie Nate Lowe named AL Player of the Week

Lowe has been a hit since rejoining the Rays, and in the first four post-break games hit .471 with three homers.
Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Nate Lowe (35) leaps to high  five Tampa Bay Rays third base coach Rodney Linares (27) after scoring a homer at the bottom of the seventh inning against New York Yankees on Saturday, July 06, 2019 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. (ALLIE GOULDING | Times)
Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Nate Lowe (35) leaps to high five Tampa Bay Rays third base coach Rodney Linares (27) after scoring a homer at the bottom of the seventh inning against New York Yankees on Saturday, July 06, 2019 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. (ALLIE GOULDING | Times)
Published Jul. 15
Updated Jul. 15

NEW YORK — Rookie Nate Lowe has had a pretty good run since rejoining the Rays on July 4.

He's shown the power that pushed him into prospect status and sparked a debate, at least among fans, if he should stick around as the starting first baseman ahead of Ji-Man Choi.

Now he’s earned some attention around MLB, named Monday as the AL Player of the Week for his performance in the four games since the All-Star break.

Lowe put up some impressive numbers, posting a .471 average by going 8-for-17, hitting three homers while driving in seven runs, and compiling a 1.559 OPS.

Lowe, who turned 24 on Saturday, is in his third stint with the Rays. Overall, he is hitting .299 with 5 homers, 11 RBIs and a .927 OPS.

He is the second Ray to win the weekly honor this season; Austin Meadows won April 8-14. Lowe is the second Rays rookie to win, joining Evan Longoria, who did June 23-29, 2008.

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