After ending his 22-game homerless streak, Boston Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez was rewarded on Monday. Gonzalez was named the American League Player of the Week award winner for the week of August 22-28. This is Gonzalez's second time receiving this honor.
During this span, Gonzalez totaled a .393 batting average with a .492 OBP, .964 slugging percentage, a double, five home runs, nine runs batted in, and eight runs scored. He is the fourth Red Sox player to receive this award; joining Carl Crawford, David Ortiz and Jacoby Ellsbury as winners.
Gonzalez continues to make his case for the American League MVP award with a major league leading .345 batting average to go along with 23 homers and 103 RBI. Gonzalez's likely competition for the AL MVP will likely come from the Blue Jays' Jose Bautista, the Yankees' Curtis Granderson and the Rangers' Michael Young.