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Monday, May 16, 2011

AL honors Victor Martinez for sizzling week at the plate

As Tigers manager Jim Leyland said of his designated hitter, Victor Martinez, on Sunday, “Victor has put on a show recently.”

It didn’t go unnoticed, as Major League Baseball named Martinez the American League Player of the Week, edging out teammate Justin Verlander.

Martinez has hit safely in every game since returning from the disabled list on May 4, extending the streak to 13 games, raising his average from .254 to .330 in the process. In five games last week, Martinez hit an AL-best .579 (11-for-19) with six extra-base hits (four doubles, two homers) and 11 RBI.

It’s the first time Martinez has been honored since 2005, when he was with the Cleveland Indians, and the fourth time overall.

Other hot performances that merited consideration for the honor were from the Blue Jays’ Jose Bautista (.429, six HRs) and former Tiger Matt Joyce (.450, four HRs). The two men came into Monday tied for the AL hitting lead with matching .368 batting averages.

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