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Soriano named AL Player of the Week

With 18 RBIs and a .484 batting average, Soriano earns top-player honors
08/19/2013 3:55 PM ET
By MLB Media Relations

Alfonso Soriano's career week was capped by AL Player of the Week honors.(AP)
New York Yankees left fielder Alfonso Soriano has been named the American League Player of the Week for the period ending Aug. 18.

Soriano, who was acquired by New York in a July 26 trade with the Chicago Cubs, batted .484 (15-for-31) with a double, five homers, 18 RBIs and nine runs scored over seven games to guide the Yankees to a 5-2 record as they remain in the hunt for a postseason berth. This marks Soriano's seventh-career weekly award, last claiming the honor on May 18, 2008 while with the Cubs. Soriano won three A.L. Player of the Week Awards in his first stint with the Yankees, the last of those coming on September 21, 2003.

Among Major League leaders for the week, Soriano paced all hitters in homers, RBI, slugging percentage (1.000), hits and total bases (31), and was tied for first overall in runs scored. 

Tuesday's matchup with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim set the stage for a career week offensively, as the 37-year-old slugger had three hits, including a pair of homers and a career-best six RBIs to lead the Yankees to a 14-7 win over the Halos at Yankee Stadium. On Wednesday, Soriano went 3-for-3 with a double, two homers and seven RBIs in an 11-3 triumph over the Angels.

Soriano established a career high in RBIs for the second-straight game and in the process became the third player in Major League history to collect at least six RBIs in consecutive contests, joining Texas's Rusty Greer in 1997 and Milwaukee's Geoff Jenkins in 2001. It marked the third time in his career that Soriano notched multi-homer games on back-to-back days. After tallying four more hits in an 8-4 loss to the Angels on Thursday, the Soriano hit parade continued in Boston, as he went 3-for-4 with a homer and four RBIs to lead New York to a 10-3 win over the Boston Red Sox. 

According to Elias, Soriano's 18 RBIs over the four-game stretch from Tuesday to Friday matched baseball's all-time mark for the most RBIs in a four-game period since it became an official statistic in 1920, joining Jim Bottomley of the Cardinals (1929), the Yankees' Lou Gehrig (1930), Tony Lazzeri (1936) and Joe DiMaggio (1939), and Sammy Sosa of the Cubs (2002).

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