BOSTON (CBS) – It has been an up-and-down season for Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford, but after his best week in a Sox uniform, he has been named the American League player of the week.

In seven games last week, Crawford batted .423 (11-for-26) with two doubles, two triples, three home runs and eight RBI to help Boston to a 5-2 record against the Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers.

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In the Red Sox 14-2 win over the Indians on Wednesday, Crawford went 4-for-4 with two doubles, a home run, two RBI and three runs scored. It was the first time this season the $142-million dollar man registered more than two hits in a game.

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Crawford had four more hits the following day in Detroit, going 4-for-5 with two triples, three RBI and two runs scored as the Red Sox routed the Tigers 14-1. Crawford became just the second Red Sox hitter since 1990 to record consecutive four-hit performances. His two triples in the game was a first for Boston in nearly two years.

Crawford is hitting .232 for the season with four home runs and 21 RBI.


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