New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Baltimore Orioles outfielder and designated hitter Nelson Cruz was named the American League player of the week for the period ending June 1.
Cruz placed second in batting average (.476) and homers (four) and third in RBI (eight) for the American League. He also led the majors in slugging percentage (1.190) and was second in total bases (25). That effort was enough to earn his second career weekly honor.
The native of the Dominican Republic and former Texas Ranger currently leads the majors with 20 home runs 52 RBI and a .672 slugging percentage.
Among the other players with standout performances last week were Oakland's Josh Donaldson and Scott Kazmir, Toronto's Edwin Encarnacion and Mark Buehrle, Seattle's Roenis Elias and Chris Young and Chicago's Chris Sale.