Gonzalez, Cruz named Players of Week
Sluggers put on offensive show to lead Padres, Rangers
Padres first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and Rangers right fielder Nelson Cruz -- two thriving sluggers for a couple of first-place West-division teams -- were named Players of the Week for their respective leagues on Monday.
Gonzalez finished last week tied for first in the National League with nine RBIs, and his 12 hits and .444 batting average were tied for third. While his Padres -- 26-18 and a game up on the Dodgers in the NL West -- finished 4-3 against the Giants, Dodgers and Mariners, Gonzalez posted a .559 on-base percentage, .778 slugging percentage, six runs scored and 21 total bases.
The two-time All-Star went 3-for-5 with a walk and a career-high six RBIs in a 10-5 win over Los Angeles on Wednesday. Then, during the opener of Interleague Play, Gonzalez went 4-for-5 with three doubles and three runs scored in his club's 15-8 loss to Seattle
The 28-year-old lefty slugger, who has now won four Player of the Week awards in his career, is batting .284 with nine homers and 27 RBIs in his first 44 games of the season.
Cruz started off the day with the news that he was the No. 3-ranked American League outfielder in early fan voting for the July 13 All-Star Game in Anaheim. And he continued the day with his first Player of the Week award.
Last week, Nelson hit .458 with five runs scored, two homers and a Major League-best 12 RBIs. While the Rangers -- 25-20 and two games up on the Athletics in the AL West -- went 5-2 against the Angels, Orioles and Cubs last week, Cruz hit safely in all seven games while posting a .917 slugging percentage, .533 on-base percentage and an AL-best five doubles.
Cruz was nursing a strained right hamstring and returned from the disabled list on May 14. On Wednesday, the 29-year-old collected a walk-off sacrifice fly to break a 3-3 tie against Baltimore. The following day, he notched a career-high four hits and a three-run homer en route to a 13-7 win.
Through his first 29 games, Cruz -- an All-Star for the first time last season -- is batting .337 with nine homers and 33 RBIs.
Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.