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Cruz receives A.L. Player of the Week honors

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They don’t call him “Boomstick” just for kicks and giggles.

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Major League Baseball announced the Player of the Week for both leagues today, and a Minnesota Twins player was named for the American League side for his performance at the plate.

Designated hitter Nelson Cruz was named the American League Player of the Week for the bombing that he put on the past seven days. Running Monday through yesterday, Boomstick went .414/.485/1.172 (1.657) with seven homers, a double, 13 RBI, and three walks. He hit long dongs five days in a row, including the first three-homer game of his career. If anyone else received this honor besides Cruz for the A.L., I think MLB would have a few letters coming their way.

For the National League, Paul Goldschmidt of the St Louis Cardinals won the honor. The first baseman went .345/.387/.966 (1.353) with six homers and 13 RBI. Not as good as Cruz, but still worth of the honor for the N.L.

Cruz is the third Twins player to win Player of the Week honors. Jake Odorizzi and Max Kepler each won back in May.

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