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Cruz, Goldschmidt earn Player of Week honors

July 29, 2019

After putting on remarkable displays of power over the past seven days, the Twins' Nelson Cruz and the Cardinals' Paul Goldschmidt were named the American League and National League Players of the Week presented by W.B. Mason on Monday. Cruz hit .414 with seven home runs and 13 RBIs in

After putting on remarkable displays of power over the past seven days, the Twins' Nelson Cruz and the Cardinals' Paul Goldschmidt were named the American League and National League Players of the Week presented by W.B. Mason on Monday.

Cruz hit .414 with seven home runs and 13 RBIs in seven games for Minnesota last week, with one of those contests yielding the first three-homer effort of his career.

This is the sixth AL Player of the Week win for the 39-year-old, who becomes the third Twins player to receive the honor this season, joining Jake Odorizzi and Max Kepler.

Goldschmidt, meanwhile, tied a Cardinals record by homering in six straight games. He hit .345/.387/.966 with 13 RBIs in seven games overall last week.

The 31-year-old first baseman has earned NL Player of the Week honors on three occasions in his career, the previous two for the weeks of June 4-10, 2018, and April 27-May 3, 2015, both while he was playing for the D-backs. He's the first Cardinal to win it since Matt Carpenter last August.

Thomas Harrigan is a reporter for MLB.com.