Michael Young named AL player of the week

June, 27, 2011
6/27/11
3:06
PM CT
Rangers' designated hitter/super-utility infielder Michael Young was named American League player of the week for the week of June 20-26. It's the third career weekly honor for Young.

Young hit .481 (13-for-27) with three doubles, four homers, nine RBIs and five runs scored in six games for the Rangers. His average was the second-highest in MLB last week, second only to Boston's Adrian Gonzalez (.500).

Young also led all big league players with a 1.037 slugging percentage and 28 total bases.

Young was player of the week on June 16, 2002 and Aug. 24, 2009. He's the first Ranger to win the weekly award since Bengie Molina on July 18, 2010, following his cycle game in Boston.

Young hit home runs in three consecutive games, the third time in his career he's done that. He had an extra-base hit in all six games last week and just one strikeout in 27 at-bats. He was 5-for-8 with runners in scoring position. He's in the middle of a 12-game hitting streak and it's the third-longest active streak in the AL, fifth-longest in the majors.

Young is hitting .323 with seven homers and 53 RBIs in 77 games for Texas. He's second in the AL in hits (100) and sixth in average. He's seventh in the league with 53 RBIs and is fourth in batting average with runners in scoring position at .381.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Adrian Beltre
BA HR RBI R
.324 19 77 79
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Beltre 19
RBIA. Beltre 77
RA. Beltre 79
OPSA. Beltre .879
WC. Lewis 10
ERAC. Lewis 5.18
SOY. Darvish 182