BOSTON (CBS) — During the All-Star break, underperforming Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez tweeted that he was hoping for a second-half surge. While the rest of the team may not have followed suit, Gonzalez has done his part, and he was rewarded Monday by being named American League Player of the Week.
Gonzalez was given the honor for batting .429 with three home runs and 12 RBIs in seven games lat week. He ranked tied for first in homers, tied for second in hits and tied for six in batting average in the AL for the week. The three homers gave him a 50 percent boost in that statistical category, bringing his season total to nine.
The week included a pair of four-RBI games for Gonzalez, both of which came in wins against the visiting Chicago White Sox.
Despite Gonzalez’s great week, the Sox went just 3-4, getting swept by the Blue Jays over the weekend. The team dropped to last place in the division, 9 1/2 games out of first place with a 48-48 record on the season.
On the year, the 30-year-old Gonzalez is now batting .296 with nine homers and 58 RBIs.