BOSTON (CBS) – Boston Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino has been named the American League Player of the Week after batting .400 last week.
Victorino went 12-for-30 with three doubles, two home runs, six RBIs and seven runs scored over seven games last week as the Red Sox went 5-2.
After beginning the week by going 0-for-4 against David Price and the Tampa Bay Rays, Victorino went 3-for-4 with three runs scored in an 8-2 win over the Seattle Mariners. He would tally four more multi-hit games during the week, including a 2-for-5 showing in Boston’s dramatic 8-7 comeback against the Mariners on Thursday. In that win, Victorino clubbed a solo home run in the eighth inning and drove in two more runs in the ninth as Boston erased a six-run, eighth inning defecit to complete the sweep of Seattle. In all, Victorino went 2-for-5 with the homer, three RBIs and two runs scored in the comeback.
Over the weekend, Victorino went 5-for-11 with three RBIs as Boston took two of three from the Arizona Diamondbacks.
This is Victorino’s first career weekly award and the third for the Red Sox this season after Mike Napoli and Andrew Bailey were tabbed with cohonors for the week ending April 21st.