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B.J. Upton of the Tampa Bay Rays named the American League Player of the Week



In six games last week, Upton hit .429 (12-28) with three doubles, two home runs and an A.L.-best nine RBI. The 24-year-old posted a .750 slugging percentage along with a .448 on-base percentage. The second overall pick in the 2002 First-Year Player Draft collected two stolen bases last week, bringing his season total to 26, which ranks third in the Majors behind teammate Carl Crawford (36) and Boston's Jacoby Ellsbury (29). On June 16th, B.J. contributed to the Rays' new club record of 12 extra-base hits in a single game by notching a double and a two-run homer. On Sunday, Upton went 4-for-6 with a career-high four RBI en route to a 10-6 win over the New York Mets at Citi Field, finishing a triple shy of the cycle for the second time in six games. This marks B.J.'s second career weekly award (previous: 7/23/07).

 

 

MLB.com article

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