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Voit, Dahl earn Player of the Week honors

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Yankees first baseman Luke Voit and Rockies outfielder David Dahl -- two players who are surging into the start of postseason play -- were honored Monday as the American League and National League Players of the Week presented by W.B. Mason.

Dahl, who has had to start from scratch several times already in his career due to injuries, took full advantage of his playing time down the stretch. The 24-year-old finished off a hot September by hitting .333/.375/1.000 and homering in six out of seven games (including a run of five straight) over the final week. Dahl joined teammate Nolan Arenado, Dante Bichette and Larry Walker as the only Rockies to go deep in five straight contests, and his hot hitting proved vital as Colorado raced the Dodgers to a season-end tie in the NL West.

Yankees first baseman Luke Voit and Rockies outfielder David Dahl -- two players who are surging into the start of postseason play -- were honored Monday as the American League and National League Players of the Week presented by W.B. Mason.

Dahl, who has had to start from scratch several times already in his career due to injuries, took full advantage of his playing time down the stretch. The 24-year-old finished off a hot September by hitting .333/.375/1.000 and homering in six out of seven games (including a run of five straight) over the final week. Dahl joined teammate Nolan Arenado, Dante Bichette and Larry Walker as the only Rockies to go deep in five straight contests, and his hot hitting proved vital as Colorado raced the Dodgers to a season-end tie in the NL West.

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Speaking of playing time, Voit figures to get plenty more of it should the Yankees advance past Wednesday's AL Wild Card Game against the A's. The midseason trade acquisition continued to surprise in pinstripes, hitting .458/.519/.958 with three homers, three doubles and eight RBIs over the final stretch. Voit finished with a sterling .333/.405/.689 slash line with 14 homers and 33 RBIs in just 39 games since arriving in the Bronx at the beginning of August.

Matt Kelly is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB.

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Yuli, Yelich named Players of the Week

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Punching his club's ticket to a postseason berth, an Astros star refused to hit the brakes this week with an unstoppable offensive performance. In Milwaukee, a young star racking up awards may need to clear more shelf space for valuable hardware. For their efforts, the Astros' Yuli Gurriel and the Brewers' Christian Yelich were recognized on Monday as the American League and National League Players of the Week, presented by W.B. Mason.

Gurriel swatted two home runs with a career-high seven RBIs on Friday to lead the Astros to their third playoff spot in four seasons with an 11-3 win over the Angels. The first of Gurriel's two homers was a first-inning grand slam that went a projected 368 feet into the right-field seats at Minute Maid Park. The rocket marked Gurriel's third career grand slam and second of the season, also tying a single-season franchise record (2001, '07) as Houston's seventh slam of the year.

Punching his club's ticket to a postseason berth, an Astros star refused to hit the brakes this week with an unstoppable offensive performance. In Milwaukee, a young star racking up awards may need to clear more shelf space for valuable hardware. For their efforts, the Astros' Yuli Gurriel and the Brewers' Christian Yelich were recognized on Monday as the American League and National League Players of the Week, presented by W.B. Mason.

Gurriel swatted two home runs with a career-high seven RBIs on Friday to lead the Astros to their third playoff spot in four seasons with an 11-3 win over the Angels. The first of Gurriel's two homers was a first-inning grand slam that went a projected 368 feet into the right-field seats at Minute Maid Park. The rocket marked Gurriel's third career grand slam and second of the season, also tying a single-season franchise record (2001, '07) as Houston's seventh slam of the year.

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In addition to his first Player of the Week honor, Gurriel took part in another first this week with help from his younger brother. Blue Jays shortstop Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and Yuli each hit two home runs in their first two at-bats on Friday night, marking the first time in Major League history that a pair of brothers has accomplished that feat in the same day. Going 12-for-26, Gurriel slashed .462/.462/.923 with a 1.385 OPS, three home runs, 10 RBIs, three doubles and eight runs scored over his past six games for the Astros. Following Friday's clinch, Houston gathered around to make a toast and celebrate another postseason journey.

Video: Yuli Gurriel named American League Player of the Week

"I'm very happy we were able to make that toast, and we were able to unite at that moment and be able to clinch for the playoffs," said Gurriel.

Yelich garnered his third career Player of the Week honor, and second of September, while emerging as the favorite for the NL MVP Award. Yelich opened the week with his second career cycle, becoming the fifth player in Major League history to achieve the feat twice in the same season and the first to do it twice against the same team -- the Reds. In both cycles, Yelich needed a triple -- and got it.

Video: Christian Yelich named the NL Player of the Week

With two men on base on Sunday, the 26-year-old outfielder hit his 32nd home run of the season a projected 439 feet into the last row of PNC Park's right-center-field seats. It was Yelich's second-longest homer of the season, and he leads the NL in batting average (.322), slugging (.577) and OPS (.968) entering Monday.

The 2014 Gold Glove Award winner helped Milwaukee keep pace in the NL Central race, as the Brewers trail the Cubs by 2 1/2 games. The Brewers lead the Cardinals by two games for the top spot in the NL Wild Card race, with a magic number of four to clinch a postseason berth. Yelich slashed .545/.615/1.091 with a 1.706 OPS, two homers, seven RBIs, three walks, four doubles, a triple, two stolen bases and seven runs scored across his past six games. Yelich is making so much noise that he received an NL MVP Award endorsement from Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield on Thursday.

Video: Yelich on being named NL Player of the Week

"When our team's in it and we have so much at stake every night, it's easier to separate the two," Yelich said to reporters regarding his bid for the NL MVP Award. "In your head, you don't have it carry over because we're so focused on our team goals, what we have to go out and accomplish as a team and what we're on the brink of -- being able to clinch a postseason spot."

Deesha Thosar is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York City. Follow her on Twitter at @DeeshaThosar.

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JV, Puig earn Player of the Week honors

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Four and a half games ahead of Oakland in the American League West, Houston is breathing a little easier thanks to an indispensable arm in its rotation. For Los Angeles, a charismatic power hitter consistently batting in the bottom leg of the lineup is taking care of business at the pinnacle of a heated National League West race. For their efforts, the Astros' Justin Verlander and the Dodgers' Yasiel Puig were recognized on Monday as the AL and NL Players of the Week, presented by W.B. Mason.

The 2011 winner of the AL Cy Young Award, Verlander is blazing his resume for a second one. The seven-time All-Star matched his career single-season-high strikeout total (269) on Sunday against the D-backs by fanning 11 batters -- including seven of the first nine he faced. It marked the eighth time in his 32 starts this year that Verlander struck out at least 11 in a game. The right-hander helped the Astros win 12 of its past 14 games, spinning two gems in that span.

Four and a half games ahead of Oakland in the American League West, Houston is breathing a little easier thanks to an indispensable arm in its rotation. For Los Angeles, a charismatic power hitter consistently batting in the bottom leg of the lineup is taking care of business at the pinnacle of a heated National League West race. For their efforts, the Astros' Justin Verlander and the Dodgers' Yasiel Puig were recognized on Monday as the AL and NL Players of the Week, presented by W.B. Mason.

The 2011 winner of the AL Cy Young Award, Verlander is blazing his resume for a second one. The seven-time All-Star matched his career single-season-high strikeout total (269) on Sunday against the D-backs by fanning 11 batters -- including seven of the first nine he faced. It marked the eighth time in his 32 starts this year that Verlander struck out at least 11 in a game. The right-hander helped the Astros win 12 of its past 14 games, spinning two gems in that span.

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Verlander (16-9, 2.67 ERA) allowed just three runs on nine hits with 21 strikeouts across his past two starts (14 innings) for the Astros. He's dealing a 1.71 ERA on a 3-0 record -- holding batters to a .164 clip -- in the month of September. It is the 35-year-old's eighth career Player of the Week honor, and first since April of this year.

Video: Justin Verlander has been named AL Player of the Week

"The ability to go out there and chew up some innings and help save the bullpen is something I could help us get wins in other games besides just my own," Verlander said to reporters on Sunday. "... I want to try to maintain that feeling moving forward. This would be the right time to get hot."

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The Puig who was projected to break out this year is heating up at the right time -- earning his third career Player of the Week honor and first since May 2014. The 27-year-old right fielder helped pull the Dodgers a half-game behind the Rockies in the NL West by virtue of the long ball. Puig swatted three home runs on Saturday afternoon against the Cardinals after going deep twice on Friday. It was the first three-homer game of Puig's six-year Major League Baseball career.

Video: Yasiel Puig named the NL Player of the Week

"The Wild Horse had a big week. You saw on his Twitter, he said he had a big week. Thank God for the big week," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "Yasiel, when he's good, the energy obviously, guys feed off it. The fans feed off it, we feed off it. We needed every bit of it, so hopefully it continues this week."

Puig hit .429/.500/1.190 with a 1.690 OPS with five homers, nine RBIs, seven runs scored, three walks, a double and a stolen base over his past seven games. The right fielder became only the ninth Dodger in club history with back-to-back multihomer games. Puig is the first Dodger to accomplish the feat since Cody Bellinger last June -- who was the first since Adrian Beltre in 2004. With 12 games remaining in the regular season, the Dodgers enter Monday in a tie with the Cardinals for the second NL Wild Card spot.

"I feel good at the plate," Puig told reporters on Saturday. "I'm looking for good pitches to hit and trying to hit the ball in the air like all of my teammates and coaches talk to me about every day. They tell me, 'Hit the ball in the air and stop hitting ground balls.' God blessed me with these two games."

Deesha Thosar is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York City. Follow her on Twitter at @DeeshaThosar.

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Ohtani, Harper snag Player of Week honors

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A young phenom made so much noise this week that Japanese rookies were forced to listen. On the flip side, a seven-year Major League Baseball veteran put the critics to rest. The Angels' Shohei Ohtani and the Nationals' Bryce Harper were recognized on Monday as the American League and National League Players of the Week, respectively, presented by W.B. Mason.

Ohtani received his second career Player of the Week honor -- and first since the week of April 8 -- after both setting a rookie record and receiving devastating news. Diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow on Wednesday, doctors recommended that Ohtani undergo Tommy John surgery. Ohtani had returned to the mound on Sept. 2 for the first time since being diagnosed with a Grade 2 sprain of that UCL in early June. The two-way Japanese sensation is yet to make a decision on the procedure, but Ohtani did elect to hold onto his bat for the remainder of the 2018 season.

A young phenom made so much noise this week that Japanese rookies were forced to listen. On the flip side, a seven-year Major League Baseball veteran put the critics to rest. The Angels' Shohei Ohtani and the Nationals' Bryce Harper were recognized on Monday as the American League and National League Players of the Week, respectively, presented by W.B. Mason.

Ohtani received his second career Player of the Week honor -- and first since the week of April 8 -- after both setting a rookie record and receiving devastating news. Diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow on Wednesday, doctors recommended that Ohtani undergo Tommy John surgery. Ohtani had returned to the mound on Sept. 2 for the first time since being diagnosed with a Grade 2 sprain of that UCL in early June. The two-way Japanese sensation is yet to make a decision on the procedure, but Ohtani did elect to hold onto his bat for the remainder of the 2018 season.

Video: Shohei Ohtani named AL Player of the Week

The 24-year-old slugged a three-run homer to cap a four-run fifth inning and lift the Angels to a 5-2 win over the White Sox on Friday -- days after learning the extent of his injury. It was his fourth home run in three games since sustaining new damage to his UCL, which led to the recommendation for surgery. The three-run jack was his 19th homer of the year, which surpassed Kenji Johjima of the 2006 Mariners for a new Japanese rookie home run record.

"It's well deserved," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "I think that if he continues to do what he's doing, you're looking at the Rookie of the Year. I think it's very clear."

Ohtani slashed .474/.565/1.263 with four homers, 10 RBIs, four walks, a double, a triple and eight runs scored across five games this past week. The two-way phenom throws right-handed and hits left-handed, and Ohtani repeated on Friday that hitting isn't affecting his injured elbow.

"It's pretty cool that a two-way player, when you get injured doing one thing, you can do another," Angels' teammate Mike Trout said of Ohtani. "And it's pretty amazing how he could easily shut the season down, but he wants to finish out strong. And he works hard in the cage and he works hard in general coming to the field. You know it's fun to watch, pretty incredible what he's doing right now."

Meanwhile, on the East Coast, Harper launched a go-ahead two-run homer in the seventh inning of a rain-soaked Nationals Park that put the Cubs to bed on Saturday. The clutch dinger led Washington to a doubleheader sweep of the NL Central-leading Cubs. Harper's 32nd homer of the year earned the Nats their first twin bill sweep since October 2015.

Video: Bryce Harper named NL Player of the Week

Harper batted .438/.655/.938 with a 1.593 OPS, two homers, seven RBIs, 12 walks and two doubles across six games over the past week. The 2015 NL MVP Award winner reached safely in seven of his eight plate appearances in Saturday's doubleheader. He has now reached safely in 22 of his last 33 plate appearances dating back to Sept. 1 against the Brewers. During this stretch, he has 14 walks, eight hits and seven RBIs. Harper is hitting .251/.385/.508 this year, and he's leading the NL in walks with 110.

Video: Harper discusses the sprint to the finish

"They were big, real big," Nationals manager Dave Martinez said on Saturday of Harper's homer and Max Scherzer's NL-leading 17th win. "Proud of the boys, all of them. "They played through some awful weather and they battled for two games and into the wee hours of the morning."

Deesha Thosar is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York City. Follow her on Twitter at @DeeshaThosar.

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Gleyber, Yelich earn Player of the Week honors

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It was hard to ignore a pair of offensive juggernauts who seemed to rediscover their talents over the past week. And for their efforts, the Yankees' Gleyber Torres and Brewers' Christian Yelich were recognized on Monday as the American League and National League Players of the Week, presented by W.B. Mason.

It seemed every game was Gleyber Day in the Bronx as the Yankees rookie produced one of his best weeks of the year during a period when the Bombers needed someone to play hero. Aaron Judge is recovering from a right wrist injury at glacial speed, Didi Gregorius is sidelined with a left heel contusion and Greg Bird is slumping. New York picked up an outfield reinforcement in five-time All-Star Andrew McCutchen and catcher Gary Sanchez returned from the disabled list, but the Yankees needed someone to step up amidst a heated postseason race.

It was hard to ignore a pair of offensive juggernauts who seemed to rediscover their talents over the past week. And for their efforts, the Yankees' Gleyber Torres and Brewers' Christian Yelich were recognized on Monday as the American League and National League Players of the Week, presented by W.B. Mason.

It seemed every game was Gleyber Day in the Bronx as the Yankees rookie produced one of his best weeks of the year during a period when the Bombers needed someone to play hero. Aaron Judge is recovering from a right wrist injury at glacial speed, Didi Gregorius is sidelined with a left heel contusion and Greg Bird is slumping. New York picked up an outfield reinforcement in five-time All-Star Andrew McCutchen and catcher Gary Sanchez returned from the disabled list, but the Yankees needed someone to step up amidst a heated postseason race.

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Torres hit .478/.571/.870 with a 1.441 OPS, three homers, 10 RBIs, five walks, three runs scored and a stolen base across his last seven games. He was scuffling at the plate since coming off the DL on July 25, a right hip strain that forced the 21-year-old to miss the All-Star Game. Thirty-six games and 130 at-bats later, Torres is once again a threat at the plate. He slammed a two-run homer in the fifth inning against the Tigers on Saturday, the only offense the Yankees needed to slip past Detroit in a 2-1 win.

Video: Gleyber Torres named AL Player of the Week

"I almost forgot about his homer, because the defense was so good," Yankees manager Aaron Boone said on Saturday, as Torres is regularly filling in for the injured Gregorius at shortstop. "He's been special in the field and I thought he played a really good shortstop. ... He's impacted our club in a profound way on both sides of the ball all year."

The Brewers entered Monday a half-game ahead of the Cardinals in the NL Wild Card race. Milwaukee enjoyed the fruits of its first-place position in a pennant chase thanks to Yelich -- who capped off a monster week with the first grand slam of his six-year Major League career on Sunday. Yelich helped lead the Brewers to their fourth consecutive series win, hitting .444/.516/1.000 with a 1.516 OPS, four homers, 14 RBIs, a double, a triple and four walks.

Yelich went 12-for-27 on Milwaukee's six-game road trip to Cincinnati and Washington, D.C. -- showcasing feats that made a first career grand slam look minuscule. The 26-year-old notched his first career multihomer game on Tuesday with a solo shot to center and a two-run dinger to deep right at Cincinnati's Great American Ball Park. A day later, Yelich garnered his first career cycle and first six-hit game in the Brewers' 10-inning 13-12 win over the Reds.

Sunday's grand slam was Yelich's 27th home run of the year, marking 16 homers in 40 games since the All-Star break. As the Brewers enter Monday five games behind the Cubs for second place in the NL Central, Yelich is quickly becoming part of the NL MVP Award conversation.

Video: Christian Yelich honored as NL Player of the Week

"Obviously it means you had a good week. And it's hard to do, so it's cool. It's a cool honor," Yelich said of the weekly award. "But everything stays the same. You get recognized for the week you have, but everything else, the mindset, stays exactly the same. Where we're at right now as a team, everybody is trying to contribute to what we've got going in here because we have a chance to do something special.

"I think everybody's focus is on today, and then tomorrow it will be on tomorrow. If you go day to day to day, good things usually happen for the team and for individuals, for all of us. I think that's a great mindset for all of us. Compete as hard as you can today."

Deesha Thosar is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York City. Follow her on Twitter at @DeeshaThosar.

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Morales, Rizzo named Players of the Week

7 HRs in 7 straight games for Blue Jays slugger; sizzling week for Cubs 1B
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Seven homers in seven games. Scoring three times in one game.

The dog days of August are no match for the Blue Jays' Kendrys Morales, who slugged his way into Toronto's record books and earned his fifth career Player of the Week presented by W.B. Mason honor for the American League. The Cubs' Anthony Rizzo received the National League nod.

Seven homers in seven games. Scoring three times in one game.

The dog days of August are no match for the Blue Jays' Kendrys Morales, who slugged his way into Toronto's record books and earned his fifth career Player of the Week presented by W.B. Mason honor for the American League. The Cubs' Anthony Rizzo received the National League nod.

Morales sent a two-run homer 402 feet into the right-field seats on Sunday, marking the 35-year-old's seventh straight game with a home run and breaking a Blue Jays franchise record set by Jose Cruz in 2001. The Major League record for most consecutive games with a home run is eight, shared by Ken Griffey Jr. (1993), Don Mattingly ('87) and Dale Long ('56).

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The Cuban switch-hitter broke this season's record of six straight games with a homer, a mark previously set by Matt Carpenter. Morales flashed the first seven-game home run streak since Kevin Mench in 2006. He's hitting .481/.500/1.370 with a 1.870 OPS, 13 RBIs and nine runs scored over that stretch.

Video: Kendrys Morales named AL Player of the Week

Whether or not Morales makes MLB history by powering his eighth homer in eight games on Monday against the Orioles, his bat already has a place in Cooperstown, N.Y. He sent a game-used bat to be enshrined into the Hall of Fame following Sunday's loss to the Phillies at Rogers Centre.

"I'm really happy that they want my bat," Morales said through an interpreter. "It's amazing what I've been doing so far."

Though the Cubs are undefeated since adding Daniel Murphy to their lineup, Rizzo's incredible week is one of the reasons Chicago enters Monday a season-high 23 games over .500.

Video: Anthony Rizzo named NL Player of the Week

The first baseman earned his third career Player of the Week honor for hitting .417/.516/.917 with three homers, six RBIs, three doubles, six walks and seven runs scored over his last seven games. Rizzo scored three of those runs in Sunday's 9-0 shutout over the Reds.

Rizzo homered on one knee off the Tigers' Jordan Zimmermann on Tuesday, marking the first of three consecutive games with a home run for the first baseman. Chicago is 5-0 since acquiring Murphy from the Nationals, and Cubs manager Joe Maddon said he thinks players like Rizzo are feeding off that newfound energy.

"With Daniel setting the tone at the top, I love the idea that [Javier Baez] stands in the on-deck circle and watches him," Maddon said. "I love that Rizzo is in the hole and he's watching. I like that guys are able to see him."

Deesha Thosar is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York City. Follow her on Twitter at @DeeshaThosar.

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Acuna, Castellanos earn Player of Week honors

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Major League Baseball recognized last week's top performers Monday, naming the Braves' Ronald Acuna Jr. and the Tigers' Nicholas Castellanos as the Players of the Week presented by W.B. Mason in the National League and the American League.

It's the first such award for Acuna, who's enjoying a breakout rookie campaign in Atlanta. The 20-year-old hit .464/.559/.954 with two doubles, four homers, nine RBIs and three stolen bases last week, becoming the youngest player to homer in five straight games.

Major League Baseball recognized last week's top performers Monday, naming the Braves' Ronald Acuna Jr. and the Tigers' Nicholas Castellanos as the Players of the Week presented by W.B. Mason in the National League and the American League.

It's the first such award for Acuna, who's enjoying a breakout rookie campaign in Atlanta. The 20-year-old hit .464/.559/.954 with two doubles, four homers, nine RBIs and three stolen bases last week, becoming the youngest player to homer in five straight games.

Acuna's red-hot play at the plate created a stir Wednesday when he was knocked out of the Braves' 5-2 win against the Marlins early after he was hit above his left elbow by right-hander Jose Urena's first-pitch fastball. Urena was ejected and eventually received a six-game suspension for intentionally throwing at Acuna, who avoided serious injury and was back in Atlanta's lineup the next day.

Video: Ronald Acuna Jr. honored as NL Player of the Week

"Whatever happened, happened, but when I look back, it was a week filled with blessings," Acuna said through an interpreter. "It was a week dedicated to hard work." 

Acuna's home run streak came to an end in Thursday's opener against the Rockies. Still, he turned in a three-hit performance with a double, two runs scored, a walk and a stolen base in Saturday's extra-inning loss, extending his hitting streak to 11 games.

Video: Castellanos on being named AL Player of the Week

Castellanos, meanwhile, slashed .393/.485/.714 with three doubles, two homers and 10 RBIs to earn the AL honor. The 26-year-old opened the week with a breakout performance against the White Sox, snapping a cold streak with his first career five-hit performance.

Castellanos also slugged a go-ahead two-run homer in the seventh inning and totaled five RBIs. He's the first Tigers player to collect five hits in a game since Ian Kinsler did it at Wrigley Field in 2015.

Video: Nicholas Castellanos named the AL Player of the Week

"If I said that I never put extra pressure on myself, I'd be lying," Castellanos said of busting out of his slump, "because I want to do good for everybody. But I also have been in this game long enough [to know] that you go through streaks like that. It is what it is."

Castellanos is the first Detroit player to win the weekly award since J.D. Martinez did so last July, just prior to his trade to Arizona. Castellanos is also the first Tiger to win it this season.

Castellanos also impressed defensively last week, robbing the Twins of an extra-base hit with a leaping grab in a big moment in the eighth inning Sunday.

Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles.

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J.D., Zim slug way to Player of the Week honors

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Major League Baseball recognized last week's top performers Monday, naming the Red Sox's J.D. Martinez and the Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman as the American League and National League Players of the Week presented by W.B. Mason.

Martinez has been a catalyst for the red-hot Red Sox all season, and last week was no exception. The Boston slugger batted .464/.531/1.071 (13-for-28) with five doubles, four homers and 11 RBIs. Two of Martinez's homers came in Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader, including the game-winner in the 6-4 victory.

Major League Baseball recognized last week's top performers Monday, naming the Red Sox's J.D. Martinez and the Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman as the American League and National League Players of the Week presented by W.B. Mason.

Martinez has been a catalyst for the red-hot Red Sox all season, and last week was no exception. The Boston slugger batted .464/.531/1.071 (13-for-28) with five doubles, four homers and 11 RBIs. Two of Martinez's homers came in Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader, including the game-winner in the 6-4 victory.

Video: AL Player of the Week - J.D. Martinez

Martinez entered Monday leading the Majors in home runs (37) and RBIs (104), and he ranks second behind teammate Mookie Betts (.350) in the third Triple Crown category with a .333 batting average.

"I would love him to win the Triple Crown, but if he wins the batting title, that means the other guy got into a slump," Red Sox manager Alex Cora joked Friday. "I like the way it is now, honestly."

This is Martinez's second such award this season after winning for the week of May 20. Teammate Xander Bogaerts also won in July.

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Zimmerman, meanwhile, finished the week with a .476/.538/1.048 (10-for-21) slash line, three doubles, three homers and 12 RBIs in seven games. The first baseman earned his award with a big game Saturday against the Cubs, homering twice and driving in six runs as the Nationals won, 9-4, at Wrigley Field.

Zimmernan's been Washington's hottest hitter since coming off the disabled list on July 20, batting .354 with four homers and 18 RBIs in that 15-game span.

Video: Ryan Zimmerman named NL POTW with impressive stretch

"I think since the All-Star break, we've been swinging the bats well and putting some good at-bats together, grinding out at-bats a little better than we were before," Zimmerman said. "Our lineup's getting longer and deeper than it's been all year."

Zimmerman is the fourth Washington player to win the NL Player of the Week award in 2018, joining Mark Reynolds (July 8), Max Scherzer (April 15) and Adam Eaton (April 2).

Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles.

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Odor, Carpenter named Players of the Week

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Major League Baseball recognized last week's top performers Monday, naming the Rangers' Rougned Odor and the Cardinals' Matt Carpenter as Players of the Week presented by W.B. Mason in the American League and National League, respectively.

This is Odor's second such honor in 2018; he also won it in mid-July. The 24-year-old second baseman excelled for surging Texas last week, batting .304/.488/.870 (7-for-23) with eight runs scored, one double, four homers, 10 RBIs and six walks.

Major League Baseball recognized last week's top performers Monday, naming the Rangers' Rougned Odor and the Cardinals' Matt Carpenter as Players of the Week presented by W.B. Mason in the American League and National League, respectively.

This is Odor's second such honor in 2018; he also won it in mid-July. The 24-year-old second baseman excelled for surging Texas last week, batting .304/.488/.870 (7-for-23) with eight runs scored, one double, four homers, 10 RBIs and six walks.

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The 24-year-old second baseman collected his third career grand slam Friday, and he also made history Thursday at Globe Life Park. Odor became the first player in MLB history to draw five walks -- none of them intentional -- and also hit a home run during the Rangers' 17-8 win over the Orioles. Three others have walked five times and homered in a game -- Hank Aaron, Mark McGwire and Edgar Martinez -- but with at least one intentional walk and none did it in nine innings like Odor.

Video: Rougned Odor named American League Player of the Week

"It's about as perfect a night you can have as a hitter," Texas manager Jeff Banister said. "[Odor] is the one that's been doing all the work. He's the one in the batter's box, adopting the mentality and philosophy, and doing the things we've challenged him with, and he's doing it tremendously."

Carpenter, meanwhile, set a new career-high mark for home runs Sunday with his 29th, tying him with the Rockies' Nolan Arenado for the NL lead. That blast, a solo shot off the Pirates' Trevor Williams, was the difference in St. Louis' 2-1 series-clinching win over Pittsburgh.

It's been a notable turnaround for the Cards veteran, who was slugging .351 with three homers through his first 40 games of 2018. In the 67 games since, he's slugging a Major League-best .722. He also earned NL Player of the Month honors for July.

Video: Carpenter named National League Player of the Week

Last week, Carpenter batted .423/.543/.962 (11-for-35) with seven runs scored, two doubles, four homers, seven RBIs, eight walks (four intentional) and a stolen base. He's also riding the Majors' longest active on-base streak at 24 games.

"It's just a crazy stretch," Carpenter said. "I really don't have much thought behind it other than I'm just trying to hit the ball hard. I'm really not trying to hit home runs. It just happens. I'm getting good pitches, putting good swings on them. I never would have thought I'd be where I am right now, but if I keep putting good at-bats together, good things will happen."

Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com.

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Schoop, Yelich named Players of the Week

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Jonathan Schoop went on a torrid home run tear and Christian Yelich carried Milwaukee's offensive load to earn Players of the Week presented by W.B. Mason honors.

Schoop slugged seven homers in his past nine games -- including shots on five consecutive days -- to break into the record books and earn his second American League weekly honor. The All-Star second baseman became the first Orioles player with homers in five straight games since Chris Davis from June 6-12, 2016. Schoop also tied a Major League record for consecutive games with a homer by a second baseman. The last to do so was Brian Dozier in September 2016.

Jonathan Schoop went on a torrid home run tear and Christian Yelich carried Milwaukee's offensive load to earn Players of the Week presented by W.B. Mason honors.

Schoop slugged seven homers in his past nine games -- including shots on five consecutive days -- to break into the record books and earn his second American League weekly honor. The All-Star second baseman became the first Orioles player with homers in five straight games since Chris Davis from June 6-12, 2016. Schoop also tied a Major League record for consecutive games with a homer by a second baseman. The last to do so was Brian Dozier in September 2016.

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Against the MLB-leading Red Sox and the hard-throwing Rays, Schoop went 11-for-29, hitting .379/.379/.931 with five homers, 13 RBIs, six runs scored and a 1.310 OPS over his past seven games. Defensively, Schoop ranks first in the AL for assists as a second baseman with 260, and third in putouts with 147. It is Schoop's first Player of the Week recognition since July 2017.

"The ball is just going for me. I put the ball in front, and when they give me a pitch, I don't miss it," said Schoop, who owned a .197 average before July. "And I keep believing in myself. I know in baseball, you go through a bad stretch, but you want to minimize the bad stretch and extend the good stretch, so I'm trying to extend the good stretch right now."

Video: American League Player of the Week: Jonathan Schoop

Schoop's breakout performance and weekly honor came at the right time -- a day before Tuesday's non-waiver Trade Deadline. Signed with the Orioles through the end of this season, Schoop is arbitration-eligible this offseason, and he is set to become a free agent in 2020.

In addition to a Gold Glove Award, an All-Star nod and Silver Slugger hardware, Yelich laid claim to his first National League Player of the Week honor. The outfielder is tied with Braves right fielder Nick Markakis for the NL's best batting average (.320) after going 15-for-29 and hitting .517/.548/1.000 in his past seven games, including a 13-game hit streak. Yelich skied three homers and posted 10 RBIs with two doubles and a triple over that span. Yelich recorded two three-RBI games in a span of five days. The 26-year-old's efforts boosted his OPS from .835 at the start of July to .911 entering Monday. Yelich helped lead the Brewers to two consecutive series wins against the Nats and Giants, respectively.

"Every single day, it's something else," said teammate Travis Shaw of Yelich. "He just continues to get hits, continues to get on base. That's what he does."

Deesha Thosar is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York City. Follow her on Twitter at @DeeshaThosar.

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Carpenter, Odor earn Player of Week honors

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Matt Carpenter saw his streak of consecutive games with a homer come to an end at six on Sunday against the Cubs, but that was just about all that went wrong for the Cardinals slugger in a record-setting week that saw him and Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor recognized as the National League and American League Player of the Week presented by W.B. Mason.

During his historic tear, Carpenter was 9-for-17 (.529) with six homers, two doubles and three walks in the Cardinals' five-game series in Chicago, giving him an otherworldly 1.706 slugging percentage for the week. He became the first Cards player to homer in six straight games of one season and the first player in Major League history to homer six times in a series at Wrigley Field.

Matt Carpenter saw his streak of consecutive games with a homer come to an end at six on Sunday against the Cubs, but that was just about all that went wrong for the Cardinals slugger in a record-setting week that saw him and Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor recognized as the National League and American League Player of the Week presented by W.B. Mason.

During his historic tear, Carpenter was 9-for-17 (.529) with six homers, two doubles and three walks in the Cardinals' five-game series in Chicago, giving him an otherworldly 1.706 slugging percentage for the week. He became the first Cards player to homer in six straight games of one season and the first player in Major League history to homer six times in a series at Wrigley Field.

The week was highlighted by a 5-for-5, seven-RBI game on Friday in which Carpenter became the second player in Major League history to hit three homers and two doubles in a game.

"It's really hard to put into words what is happening," Carpenter said after Saturday's game. "I've felt like this before, in the sense that I feel comfortable at the plate and I'm swinging at good pitches and my swing feels like it's where it needs to be. Obviously, I've never had a stretch like this. It's hard to put into words."

Carpenter, who was edged by Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar in the 2018 Camping World MLB Final Vote, earned his third NL Player of the Week Award, and first since June 2016.

In the AL, Odor became the first Ranger to garner Player of the Week honors in 2018 after posting three consecutive multihit games for the first time since September 2016 in Texas' series against the Indians to open the second half.

The 24-year-old second baseman homered and drove in three as part of a 3-for-3 afternoon in the Rangers' 5-0 win over Cleveland in Sunday's series finale. Odor posted a slash line of .615/.571/.846 for the week and stole three bases in as many games after having swiped only five bags before the All-Star break.

"I've been feeling better at the plate," Odor said on Sunday. "I've just been working hard in practice, just getting focused a lot. I think that's why I'm feeling better in the game."

Odor received Player of the Week honors for the third time in his career. He joins Yankees rookie Gleyber Torres as the only AL second basemen to be recognized this season.

Do-Hyoung Park is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter at @dohyoungpark.

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Story, Ramirez earn Player of Week honors

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Rockies shortstop Trevor Story and Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez were honored Monday as the National League and the American League Player of the Week presented by W.B. Mason.

Story clubbed a walk-off home run against the Mariners on Sunday, wrapping up a week in which he hit .400 with three homers and three doubles while compiling a 1.303 OPS. Story's homer on Sunday was his 20th of the first half, and he enters his first All-Star Game with career-best marks in batting average (.292), on-base percentage (.353) and slugging percentage (.557).

Rockies shortstop Trevor Story and Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez were honored Monday as the National League and the American League Player of the Week presented by W.B. Mason.

Story clubbed a walk-off home run against the Mariners on Sunday, wrapping up a week in which he hit .400 with three homers and three doubles while compiling a 1.303 OPS. Story's homer on Sunday was his 20th of the first half, and he enters his first All-Star Game with career-best marks in batting average (.292), on-base percentage (.353) and slugging percentage (.557).

Ramirez went 11-for-26 (.423) with five home runs to compile a tremendous 1.598 OPS to close out the final week before the All-Star break. The 25-year-old tallied multiple hits in five of his seven contests during the week and scored a run in all but one of them as he completed an incredible first half. Ramirez's 29 home runs since Opening Day tied Mickey Mantle (1956 and '61) and Lance Berkman (2002) for the most in the first half by a switch-hitter. Ramirez tallied 57 extra-base hits, one shy of Albert Belle's first-half franchise record for the Indians.

Video: American League Player of the Week: Jose Ramirez

This marks the third AL Player of the Week Award for Ramirez, who took home the honor twice last season for the weeks of June 18 and Sept. 3. It's Story's third Player of the Week Award, as well, after he claimed it twice in 2016 (April 10 and July 24).

Matt Kelly is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB.

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Bogaerts, Reynolds earn weekly player awards

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The Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts and the Nationals' Mark Reynolds were named the American League and National League Players of the Week presented by W.B. Mason, respectively, MLB announced Monday.

Reynolds did nearly all his damage over the weekend against the Marlins. He began the week by hitting a respectable 3-for-6 (.333) with an RBI and two walks in a three-game set against Boston and the opener vs. Miami at Nationals Park.

The Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts and the Nationals' Mark Reynolds were named the American League and National League Players of the Week presented by W.B. Mason, respectively, MLB announced Monday.

Reynolds did nearly all his damage over the weekend against the Marlins. He began the week by hitting a respectable 3-for-6 (.333) with an RBI and two walks in a three-game set against Boston and the opener vs. Miami at Nationals Park.

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Reynolds didn't start Friday, but he delivered a pinch-hit walk-off home run in the ninth inning to seal the Nats' 13th consecutive victory against Miami, the longest winning streak in team history over a single opponent.

But it was Saturday when Reynolds truly earned his honor, making history as the 15th Major Leaguer to record at least 10 RBIs, as he went 5-for-5 with two home runs. Prior to Saturday, Reynolds had driven in just 14 runs all season.

"These things don't happen often," Reynolds said. "I've been playing a long time, and I've only had five [RBIs in a game]. You got a little luck involved. Sometimes you just take good swings the night before and you feel confident going into the next day, and that's what happened."

Reynolds' teammate Trea Turner totaled eight RBIs in the opener against the Marlins on Thursday, making them the first pair of teammates to record eight or more RBIs in a game in the same week, per Elias Sports Bureau.

Reynolds also hit 2-for-4 with a double and made his first career pitching appearance in Sunday's finale, recording the final out of the game with the bullpen stretched due to starter Tanner Roark lasting just four frames.

Bogaerts, meanwhile, turned in a more traditional Player of the Week performance. After going 0-for-3 at the plate Monday against the Nationals, Bogaerts homered Tuesday and Friday and drove in at least two runs in four straight games.

For the week, Boston's shortstop hit .400/.600/.933 (6-for-15) with two doubles, two homers, 10 RBIs and eight walks as the Red Sox won six straight and outscored their opponents 50-20. On Saturday, Bogaerts' bases-clearing double into center field gave the Red Sox a 4-3 lead over the Royals. After Kansas City rookie starter Brad Keller held Boston to just four hits through the first four innings, Bogaerts' double woke up a lineup that scored all 15 of its runs in the fifth inning and later.

"It's something special," Bogaerts said of his team's red-hot offense. "We have guys on this team having amazing seasons. Stuff that, once you retire, you can definitely look back and say, 'Man, you know what, I was a part of that team.'"

Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles.

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Bregman, Baez named Players of the Week

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Major League Baseball recognized last week's top performers Monday, naming the Astros' Alex Bregman and the Cubs' Javier Baez as Players of the Week presented by W.B. Mason in the American and National Leagues, respectively. It's the first such award for both players.

Bregman, who also won AL Player of the Month, wrapped up a torrid month at the plate by batting .464/.516/1.179 (13-for-28) with 10 RBIs and two stolen bases last week. Ten of his 13 hits went for extra bases, including five home runs. The 24-year-old third baseman's production helped Houston to a franchise-record 11 consecutive road wins. Even in defeat, Bregman homered to plate the Astros' only runs Friday and Saturday as the streak came to an end.

Major League Baseball recognized last week's top performers Monday, naming the Astros' Alex Bregman and the Cubs' Javier Baez as Players of the Week presented by W.B. Mason in the American and National Leagues, respectively. It's the first such award for both players.

Bregman, who also won AL Player of the Month, wrapped up a torrid month at the plate by batting .464/.516/1.179 (13-for-28) with 10 RBIs and two stolen bases last week. Ten of his 13 hits went for extra bases, including five home runs. The 24-year-old third baseman's production helped Houston to a franchise-record 11 consecutive road wins. Even in defeat, Bregman homered to plate the Astros' only runs Friday and Saturday as the streak came to an end.

"Obviously, he's seeing the ball well, he's hitting pitchers and doing damage -- all the things you want out of a hitter when he gets pitches to hit," Houston manager AJ Hinch said after Saturday's game against the Rays.

Video: Alex Bregman named AL Player of the Week

Bregman is the third Astros player to win Player of the Week honors in 2018. He joins starting pitcher Justin Verlander and catcher Evan Gattis.

Baez, meanwhile, batted .483/.467/.897 (14-for-29) with six doubles, two homers and 11 RBIs. On Tuesday, Baez helped snap the Cubs' five-game losing streak by collecting four hits, including a double, a solo homer and a grand slam, and driving in five runs in Chicago's 9-4 win against the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

Video: The NL Player of the Week is Javier Baez

"I kind of threw the kitchen sink at him and he hit it all, so I'm not sure [how to get Baez out]," Dodgers starter Ross Stripling said. "We'll have to hopefully play him in October and get him out then."

Baez is the first Cubs player to win the award since Anthony Rizzo and Willson Contreras did so in August of last season. Cubs left-hander Jon Lester was also recognized Monday as NL Pitcher of the Month.

Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles.

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Cruz, Arenado claim Player of the Week honors

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A pair of the game's most elite sluggers capped breakout stretches over the past seven days. And on Monday, they were acknowledged for as much, as Mariners designated hitter Nelson Cruz and Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado were named the American League and National League Players of the Week, presented by W.B. Mason. This is the fourth such honor for each player.

Arenado did all of his damage last week at Coors Field, clubbing a tied-for-NL-high five homers while hitting .379/.419/.966 with an MLB-leading 13 RBIs over the Rockies' seven-game stretch against the Mets and Marlins for Colorado's first winning homestand of the season. And this manifested while the Rockies' bullpen gave up an MLB-high 21 runs, and just days after Arenado was mired in a career-worst 0-for-19 funk during Colorado's road trip through Philadelphia and Texas.

A pair of the game's most elite sluggers capped breakout stretches over the past seven days. And on Monday, they were acknowledged for as much, as Mariners designated hitter Nelson Cruz and Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado were named the American League and National League Players of the Week, presented by W.B. Mason. This is the fourth such honor for each player.

Arenado did all of his damage last week at Coors Field, clubbing a tied-for-NL-high five homers while hitting .379/.419/.966 with an MLB-leading 13 RBIs over the Rockies' seven-game stretch against the Mets and Marlins for Colorado's first winning homestand of the season. And this manifested while the Rockies' bullpen gave up an MLB-high 21 runs, and just days after Arenado was mired in a career-worst 0-for-19 funk during Colorado's road trip through Philadelphia and Texas.

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"There's an incentive definitely coming to the ballpark trying to do something to help the team win somehow," Arenado said. "When we were losing and not getting hits and I wasn't doing anything to help, it hurts. It's disappointing. It keeps me up at night. It's frustrating. It feels like I'm not doing my part. So it feels good to contribute right now, help these guys out and play a part."

Video: NL Player of the Week - Nolan Arenado

Arenado, who is vying for his fourth straight NL All-Star bid, is quietly putting together a season in which he's in the hunt for the NL batting title, and is tied with Matt Kemp for fifth place with a .318 average. He also ranks third in the NL with 55 RBIs, behind only teammate Trevor Story and Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez, who each have 58. Arenado ranks fifth in the NL with a 150 wRC+.

"Nolan over the course of his career is becoming a better hitter," Rockies manager Bud Black said. "He's taking what the pitchers are giving him, especially this year. You've seen over the course of May and June Nolan being pitched really tough … You're talking about one of the best players in the game, so it's not surprising that he adjusts and adapts. That's a sign of a talented player."

Video: AL Player of the Week - Nelson Cruz

Cruz led all AL hitters with a .500 batting average and a 1.042 slugging percentage over 24 at-bats in six games during a road trip through the Bronx and Boston. Cruz belted three homers this week, including a Statcast-projected 465-foot shot on Friday that remains the Mariners' longest this season, bringing his season total to 20, good for fourth most in the AL. His 156 wRC+ trail only Mike Trout, Mookie Betts, J.D. Martinez and Jose Ramirez.

"I've been playing healthy for a few weeks now," Cruz said. "I think that's the difference. For me, it's just getting to be out there and play a lot of games, and the timing will come."

Said Mariners manager Scott Servais: "He continues to grind it and work his tail off. He had a great week, got the results we've all been looking for. This last week has been exceptionally hot for him."

Daniel Kramer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @DKramer_.

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