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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.

Past winners: AL | NL

"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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Ozuna, Gattis power up as Players of the Week

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The Astros' Evan Gattis and the Cardinals' Marcell Ozuna were named American and National League Players of the Week presented by W.B. Mason on Monday.

Houston enters this week having won 11 straight contests, and Gattis has been a major contributor to the club's recent success. The 31-year-old backstop hit .417/.423/1.000 (10-for-24) with two doubles, four homers and 15 RBIs in six games last week.

The Astros' Evan Gattis and the Cardinals' Marcell Ozuna were named American and National League Players of the Week presented by W.B. Mason on Monday.

Houston enters this week having won 11 straight contests, and Gattis has been a major contributor to the club's recent success. The 31-year-old backstop hit .417/.423/1.000 (10-for-24) with two doubles, four homers and 15 RBIs in six games last week.

Past winners: AL | NL

Gattis' sixth-inning grand slam Friday night was the difference in the Astros' 7-3 win over the Royals at Kauffman Stadium. It gave him 14 home runs on the season, tying him for the team lead with George Springer. His 47 RBIs are also tied for fifth most in the AL, entering Monday.

"Honestly, we were all expecting him to do damage," third baseman Alex Bregman said Friday in Kansas City. "I think everybody in the dugout, there was a little bit of buzz, saying, 'All right, Gatty might hit a grand slam and keep those big RBI games up.' He's killing it."

Video: Evan Gattis named AL Player of the Week

Gattis is the second Houston player to win Player of the Week this season, joining Justin Verlander, who won it in mid-April.

After a slow start to the season, Ozuna is red hot at the plate. He batted .455/.478/1.000 with four home runs and eight RBIs in six games last week, raising his average from .282 to .294.

The Cards slugger hit .260/.308/.337 with three home runs in the first two months of the season (50 games), and he is slashing .411/.450/.821 with seven homers through 15 games in June.

Video: Marcell Ozuna is named the NL Player of the Week

"That's the kind of hitter we know he can be," St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said last week. "He's dangerous, and that's what we expected from the beginning and what we know he's going to be through this season."

This is Ozuna's third Player of the Week award. He won it twice with the Marlins last season, in mid-April and early September.

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

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Goldy, Escobar named Players of the Week

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A perennial All-Star broke out of a prolonged slump and reignited a D-backs team that saw only fog in an 8-19 month of May. A 5-foot-10, 185-pound power hitter brought consistency to a Twins team marred by injuries and searching for creative ways to win.

Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt and Minnesota's Eduardo Escobar were recognized as National League and American League Players of the Week, presented by W.B. Mason. It is Escobar's first honor and Goldschmidt's second, his first since May 2015.

A perennial All-Star broke out of a prolonged slump and reignited a D-backs team that saw only fog in an 8-19 month of May. A 5-foot-10, 185-pound power hitter brought consistency to a Twins team marred by injuries and searching for creative ways to win.

Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt and Minnesota's Eduardo Escobar were recognized as National League and American League Players of the Week, presented by W.B. Mason. It is Escobar's first honor and Goldschmidt's second, his first since May 2015.

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Less than a month ago, Goldschmidt was hitting under .200. He went 29 games without a home run from mid-April to mid-May -- the longest span of his career. And after beginning his 2018 campaign with one of his slowest starts to a season, Goldschmidt is having an incredible June, and an even better past week of baseball.

Video: Paul Goldschmidt is the NL Player of the Week

The three-time Silver Slugger hit .640/.690/1.440 with four home runs, 11 RBIs and a 2.130 OPS in his past six games. Goldschmidt set a new mark for the longest opposite-field home run hit by a right-handed batter after clobbering a Chad Bettis pitch projected at 450 feet into the seats at Coors Field. The D-backs swept the Rockies behind Goldy's output, as he put 12 balls in play -- including nine hard-hit balls with an exit velocity of 95 mph or above. And he's just getting started.

"My confidence is always the same," Goldschmidt said. "I was just able to come through ... There was a while where I wasn't. It wasn't like I lost confidence. Just wasn't executing, and that's part of the game. There's a lot of failure in this game. I've said it for a few days, that just because I had a few good days, it doesn't mean it's going to continue. Just try to keep putting the work in and go out there and play well."

In the final year of his contract with the Twins, Escobar had one job after Jorge Polanco was sidelined with an 80-game suspension: Fill in at shortstop. But the 29-year-old went even further, maintaining a forward path for a team that made a series of boosts to its roster coming into the 2018 season.

Video: Eduardo Escobar is named the AL Player of the Week

Escobar hit .462/.500/1.000 with two homers, six doubles, a triple and eight RBIs in over seven games in the past week. His unrelenting presence at the plate helped the Twins erupt for a four-run rally after being limited to just one hit through seven innings against the White Sox on Tuesday. The go-ahead jack, Escobar's 11th homer of the year, came on a 97.3-mph fastball. That's the fastest pitch for a homer by Minnesota this year, and the fastest offering he has hit for a homer in his career. The feat resulted in a curtain call at Target Field.

"I was so happy," Escobar said after about the curtain call. "I love the moment for me, but the most important thing is winning the game."

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

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Kemp, Encarnacion named week's top players

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The Dodgers' Matt Kemp and the Indians' Edwin Encarnacion were recognized as National League and American League Players of the Week presented by W.B. Mason on Monday, MLB announced.

Kemp is enjoying a bounce-back season since rejoining the Dodgers in a five-player trade with Atlanta in December. He entered Monday leading the NL's batting race (.344), just ahead of Cincinnati's Scooter Gennett (.342).

The Dodgers' Matt Kemp and the Indians' Edwin Encarnacion were recognized as National League and American League Players of the Week presented by W.B. Mason on Monday, MLB announced.

Kemp is enjoying a bounce-back season since rejoining the Dodgers in a five-player trade with Atlanta in December. He entered Monday leading the NL's batting race (.344), just ahead of Cincinnati's Scooter Gennett (.342).

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Last week, Kemp hit .429 (9-for-21) with three homers, two doubles, eight RBIs and six runs scored. The 33-year-old has not only been the Dodgers' top offensive performer amid a slew of injuries to their lineup, he's also quieted concerns over his defense with his play in the outfield. Kemp added his first outfield assist of the season Saturday, launching a rocket from left field to throw out Colorado's Charlie Blackmon at home plate at Coors Field.

Video: Kemp is named the NL Player of the Week

"Self-admittedly, he's learning some things in his 10th year, as far as approaching pitchers, talking to the hitters and coaches. Matt's really growing," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said last week. "You see his at-bat quality. He's always been a guy that can drive in runs and get a hit and slug a little bit, but to take the walk, stay out of the double play, stay on a slider down and away and use the whole field, I haven't seen that consistently, even at his best. There's a lot of good things going on with Matt."

Encarnacion punctuated a productive week with a two-homer, four-RBI showing for the Indians in a 7-5 loss to the Twins in Minneapolis on Sunday. The veteran slugger hit .407 (11-for-27) with five home runs, two doubles, 13 RBIs and nine runs scored last week.

Video: Encarnacion is named the AL Player of the Week

"I thought [Sunday] was one of those days where he puts us on his shoulders and we won," Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. "Well, we didn't, and it kills you. But if he starts to heat up like that, like it looks like -- boy, that would be tremendous."

Encarnacion entered Monday batting .246/.317/.517 with 16 home runs and 40 RBIs in 53 games. He's the second Indians player to earn Player of the Week honors in 2018, joining shortstop Francisco Lindor (twice). Lindor was also named Player of the Month for May.

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

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Scooter, Gleyber earn league POTW honors

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A pair of second basemen broke out the lumber this week and amazed fans with a power showcase at the plate.

Major League Baseball on Tuesday announced that Reds slugger Scooter Gennett was the latest National League Player of the Week Award winner, and Yankees rookie phenom Gleyber Torres earned the American League Player of the Week Award, both presented by W.B. Mason.

A pair of second basemen broke out the lumber this week and amazed fans with a power showcase at the plate.

Major League Baseball on Tuesday announced that Reds slugger Scooter Gennett was the latest National League Player of the Week Award winner, and Yankees rookie phenom Gleyber Torres earned the American League Player of the Week Award, both presented by W.B. Mason.

This is the second time that Gennett, 28, has won the award this season (also week of May 13). He won the prestigious honor for the first time last June after becoming the 17th player in MLB history to hit four home runs in a game against the Cardinals.

Reds teammate Joey Votto took home the award on April 30.

Previous winners: AL | NL

Gennett finished this week with a blistering .500 (12-for-25) batting average. He also clubbed three home runs and 10 RBIs over the six-game stretch. The veteran infielder finished the week first in hits, batting average and slugging percentage. During the week, Gennett became the sixth player in franchise history to homer and collect multiple RBIs in four consecutive games.

Video: Scooter Gennett named AL Player of the Week

"It's just baseball. There's ups and downs," Gennett told MLB.com's Mark Sheldon. "I could go in there and look at video of the times I don't do good or strike out. But lately, I've been looking at the times I do good, just trying to feed myself positive thoughts and vibes. This is a game of failure. For me lately, I've looked at the stuff when I am doing good. It seems to help. I will stick to that."

Torres, 21, continued his meteoric rise in New York as he became the youngest player in AL history to homer in four straight games. During the week, Torres batted .368 (7-for-19) with five home runs and nine RBIs over six games.

This season, Torres has been the one of the biggest suprises in the powerful Yankees lineup. He has quickly ascended up the batting order, recently hitting fifth behind Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton.

Video: Gleyber Torres named AL Player of the Week

Torres is batting .317 with nine home runs and 24 RBIs in 104 at-bats this season. He also owns a .985 OPS, and 12 of his 63 hits have gone for extra bases.

Torres leads all rookies with 1.7 wins above replacement (WAR), and he is second among rookies in home runs and RBIs. He also has earned the confidence of Yankees manager Aaron Boone.

"I've had that conversation with him where he says, 'I've been preparing for this my whole life,' and certainly the last couple of years coming up in the Minor Leagues," Boone said. "I think he just plays the game with a lot of confidence. I think his intelligence is very evident. When you combine intelligence and instincts and talent, you're looking at what has been a very special player for us."

Jaylon Thompson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Atlanta. Follow him on Twitter at @jaylonthompson.

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Amazing stretch nets J.D., Belt Players of Week

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Debuting in the same season seven years ago, a pair of 30-year-old sluggers garnered a blistering week that forced rookies to take notes.

Major League Baseball recognized last week's top performers on Monday by announcing Red Sox slugger J.D. Martinez as the American League Player of the Week and Giants veteran Brandon Belt as the National League Player of the Week, presented by W.B. Mason.

Debuting in the same season seven years ago, a pair of 30-year-old sluggers garnered a blistering week that forced rookies to take notes.

Major League Baseball recognized last week's top performers on Monday by announcing Red Sox slugger J.D. Martinez as the American League Player of the Week and Giants veteran Brandon Belt as the National League Player of the Week, presented by W.B. Mason.

It's the seventh time Martinez has been honored and the first time since Aug. 11, 2013, for Belt.

Martinez's first Player of the Week honor of the year comes after he hit .346/.414/1.000 with a 1.414 OPS and five home runs over seven games. After leisurely coming out of the gate in April, Martinez recorded his first two-homer day of the season on Sunday against the Orioles. Martinez and fellow red-hot teammate Mookie Betts are tied for the Majors lead with 15 home runs, marking the first time the Red Sox have had two players hit 15 home runs within the first 50 games of the season.

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

"A lot of people were talking about how Fenway was going to affect him," Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. "When it's 80 degrees and humid, it's a good place. We've seen it before. I've seen it firsthand. He's a guy that he stays with his approach. He drives the ball to right-center, and he has power."

Video: J.D. Martinez discusses AL Player of Week Award

Belt is heading toward a career year. The first baseman has racked up 11 home runs in his first 44 games of the year, five of those slugged in the past week. Since 2011, Belt's season high for homers is 18 -- done in 2015 and '17. After hitting .444/.500/1.074 with 11 RBIs and eight runs from May 14-20, the veteran insisted he's sticking to his conventional approach.

Video: Brandon Belt named NL Player of the Week

"I've known my approach to work in the past," Belt said. "At times, I'd get away from it. I think I'm just sticking with it now through thick and thin and working on it as hard as I can and doing it to the best of my ability. When I get a pitch in my zone, I'm doing something with it."

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

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Paxton, Lindor win on AL side, Gennett for NL

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No-hitter. Dominant hit streak. Four homers in four days.

As we approach the quarter-mark of the season, three players remind us that they're only heating up.

No-hitter. Dominant hit streak. Four homers in four days.

As we approach the quarter-mark of the season, three players remind us that they're only heating up.

Major League Baseball recognized last week's top performers on Monday by announcing Mariners left-hander James Paxton and Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor as the American League co-Players of the Week and the Reds' Scooter Gennett as the National League Player of the Week, presented by W.B. Mason.

• All-time Players of the Week

Paxton threw a no-hitter on just 99 pitches while striking out seven Blue Jays, accomplishing the feat in his homeland. Showing no signs of fatigue, he threw as hard as 100 mph in the ninth inning. "The Big Maple" became the first Canadian to pitch a no-hitter in his home country, joining Dick Fowler of the 1945 Phillies as the only Canadians to do it. Coming weeks after a bald eagle famously landed on him during a pregame ceremony in Minneapolis, it is the third time Paxton has earned the weekly honor.

Video: SEA@MIN: Bald eagle lands on Paxton during anthem

"It doesn't get much cooler than that," Paxton said. "When you can get your name put next to a guy like Randy Johnson, at any time, it's pretty cool. I'm honored to have gotten my third one and be right next to him with three of those awards."

Video: James Paxton named co-AL Player of the Week

This was one of the few times a no-hitter performance didn't receive sole possession for Player of the Week honors, simply because another AL athlete put up video-game numbers in the same span.

Lindor went on a massive tear this past week, slashing .600/.652/1.400 with four homers, eight runs, five RBIs and four doubles to win back-to-back AL Player of the Week honors -- and his second overall. The Indians shortstop extended his hit streak to a career-high 14 games, surpassing last year's 13. With numbers like that, Paxton is in good company.

Video: Francisco Lindor named co-AL Player of the Week

While most of the buzz was around his new teammate Matt Harvey, Gennett quietly put together an incredible week. The Reds second baseman homered for the fourth time in as many days on Friday, going 4-for-5 with two runs and three RBIs against the Dodgers. It was the first time in his career that he homered in more than two consecutive games. In five games last week, Gennett slashed .591/.591/1.227, with 10 RBIs, seven runs and two doubles.

Video: Scooter Gennett named NL Player of the Week

The 28-year-old's performance helped lead the Reds to a season-high six-game winning streak, while earning him his second career NL Player of the Week honor.

"It's just baseball, man," Gennett. "So I just try to stay level and realize that I'm not always doing to do good. And when you're slumping or doing bad, you just realize you're going to come out of it. Keep it simple."

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

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Lindor, Pollock named Players of the Week

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Francisco Lindor is maintaining his elite level of consistency, and A.J. Pollock continues to generate early MVP hype. For their efforts, Lindor and Pollock on Monday were respectively named the American League and National League Players of the Week presented by W.B. Mason.

It's the first time Lindor has been recognized, and the fourth for Pollock.

Francisco Lindor is maintaining his elite level of consistency, and A.J. Pollock continues to generate early MVP hype. For their efforts, Lindor and Pollock on Monday were respectively named the American League and National League Players of the Week presented by W.B. Mason.

It's the first time Lindor has been recognized, and the fourth for Pollock.

All-time Players of the Week

Lindor clubbed four homers and notched 10 RBIs while hitting .425/.439/.825 last week for an Indians club that went 3-5. Cleveland still maintains a two-game lead in the AL Central over Minnesota, at 17-17.

Video: Francisco Lindor named AL Player of the Week

Pollock, the D-backs' star center fielder, hit .423 with an NL-high 1.000 slugging percentage last week, thanks in part to his four homers, which brought his season total to 10, a team high. Pollock also propelled the D-backs to a 3-1 win over the Astros on Sunday with a one-out triple off Justin Verlander that he scored on due to obstruction by third baseman Alex Bregman.

Video: A.J. Pollock named NL Player of the Week

Pollock, who is a free agent at season's end, leads the NL in slugging percentage (.669) and OPS (1.032) and is tied for first in RBIs (29), while hitting .306. Twenty-two of his 38 hits have gone for extra bases. For a club loaded with talent, Pollock -- who has missed significant time due to injuries each of the past two seasons -- has been the D-backs' catalyst thus far. He's healthy, producing in his new cleanup role and relishing the opportunity with first-place Arizona, which entered Monday with a 3 1/2-game lead for first place in the NL West. Last week, Pollock was named the NL Player of the Month for April.

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

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Didi, Votto garner Player of Week honors

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As one star continued his strong start in 2018, another had the type of productive week indicating he could be breaking out in the MVP fashion he's accustomed to. And for their efforts, Didi Gregorius and Joey Votto were named the American League and National League Players of the Week presented by W.B. Mason.

Votto slashed .360/.543/.880 while drawing nine walks and striking out just five times. The Reds' first baseman saw a return to the trademark on-base prowess that he struggled with over much of April. Gregorius hit .357/.419/.821 with 10 RBIs. The Yankees' shortstop also scored seven runs. Both players hit four homers in that span, as two of six players to go deep that many times last week.

As one star continued his strong start in 2018, another had the type of productive week indicating he could be breaking out in the MVP fashion he's accustomed to. And for their efforts, Didi Gregorius and Joey Votto were named the American League and National League Players of the Week presented by W.B. Mason.

Votto slashed .360/.543/.880 while drawing nine walks and striking out just five times. The Reds' first baseman saw a return to the trademark on-base prowess that he struggled with over much of April. Gregorius hit .357/.419/.821 with 10 RBIs. The Yankees' shortstop also scored seven runs. Both players hit four homers in that span, as two of six players to go deep that many times last week.

Video: Didi Gregorius takes home AL Player of the Week

This is the first time Gregorius has been distinguished as AL Player of the Week, and it caps a red-hot April for the star shortstop, who has been the most critical cog so far in the Yankees' loaded lineup.

"To be honest, I think this is one of the best months I've ever had," Gregorius said. "Consistently, I'm trying to get there, trying to keep it there. I know this game is not easy, but I try to work on it and try to get better. You've got to stay ready to hit and play the game the right way." 

Gregorius entered Monday leading the Majors in homers (10), RBIs (30), slugging percentage (.766) and wRC+ (207). He is just the fourth shortstop since 1908 to homer 10 times through his team's first 27 games.

"I appreciate getting that award, but it starts with all the guys in front of me, for me to get the RBIs," said Gregorius. "They put me almost every time in a good position to hit. You always stay ready. That's basically what it is."

Video: Votto named the NL Player of the Week

Votto homered in four straight games -- a streak he'd never reached to that point in his career -- which snapped a homerless streak of 93 plate appearances to start the season. He's now reached base in 14 straight games, raising his on-base percentage 111 points to .397 after starting the season in an uncharacteristic funk.

For Votto, who finished runner-up for the NL MVP Award last year, this marks the fourth time he's been honored as NL Player of the Week, and first since the week of July 2 last year.

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

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Manaea, Machado win AL POW; Corbin nets NL

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Major League Baseball recognized last week's top performers on Monday by announcing the A's Sean Manaea and the and the Orioles' Manny Machado of the American League and the D-backs' Patrick Corbin of the National League as the Players of the Week presented by W.B. Mason.

Manaea was responsible for one of the season's biggest highlights by pitching the seventh no-hitter in Oakland A's history on Saturday against a Red Sox team that had won 17 of its first 19 matchups and averaged more than six runs per game in that span. Manaea struck out a career-high-tying 10 batters in the 108-pitch gem.

Major League Baseball recognized last week's top performers on Monday by announcing the A's Sean Manaea and the and the Orioles' Manny Machado of the American League and the D-backs' Patrick Corbin of the National League as the Players of the Week presented by W.B. Mason.

Manaea was responsible for one of the season's biggest highlights by pitching the seventh no-hitter in Oakland A's history on Saturday against a Red Sox team that had won 17 of its first 19 matchups and averaged more than six runs per game in that span. Manaea struck out a career-high-tying 10 batters in the 108-pitch gem.

"Honestly, it still doesn't feel real," Manaea said after the game. "Even after the last out, I couldn't imagine throwing a no-hitter in the big leagues, especially against a team like the Red Sox. It's incredible. I don't even know what to say."

Video: Sean Manaea named AL Player of the Week

The A's lefty shares the Player of the Week honors in the AL with Machado, who has been red hot at the plate of late. The O's shortstop wrapped the week with two home runs against Indians ace and reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber on Sunday.

Machado hit .500/.560/1.273 (11-for-22) with five home runs, two doubles, eight RBIs and seven runs scored in six games last week.

Video: Manny Machado named AL Player of the Week

"He's on top of his game on both sides of the ball for the most part. It's been fun to watch," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.

In the NL, Corbin helped the D-backs en route to seven consecutive series wins with a pair of dominant performances last week. He followed up a one-hit shutout against the Giants on Tuesday by striking out 11 batters and holding the Padres to two runs in six innings on Sunday.

Video: Patrick Corbin named NL Player of the week

"He's amazing," Arizona pitcher Robbie Ray said. "The way he mixes the different speeds on his slider, he's turned it into two pitches really -- a curveball and a slider. He's leading us right now, and we're doing our best to keep up with him."

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

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Verlander, Scherzer win Players of the Week

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Dominant pitching performances by the Astros' Justin Verlander and the Nationals' Max Scherzer over the weekend helped seal the pair's claim to Player of the Week presented by W.B. Mason honors on Monday.

In the American League, Verlander wrapped the week by striking out 11 batters and allowing one hit -- a solo homer by Robinson Chirinos -- in eight innings against the Rangers. He took a no-decision, however, as the Astros scored only one run in the 3-1 defeat. He became the first Houston pitcher to strike out at least 11 batters while giving up no more than one hit and without issuing a walk.

Dominant pitching performances by the Astros' Justin Verlander and the Nationals' Max Scherzer over the weekend helped seal the pair's claim to Player of the Week presented by W.B. Mason honors on Monday.

In the American League, Verlander wrapped the week by striking out 11 batters and allowing one hit -- a solo homer by Robinson Chirinos -- in eight innings against the Rangers. He took a no-decision, however, as the Astros scored only one run in the 3-1 defeat. He became the first Houston pitcher to strike out at least 11 batters while giving up no more than one hit and without issuing a walk.

"That was a good performance by J.V. with no margin for error, literally," Astros manager AJ Hinch said.

Verlander's Sunday performance followed up seven scoreless innings and nine strikeouts against the Twins on Monday. He allowed just four hits and walked one in the 2-0 Astros victory.

Scherzer, meanwhile, was recognized in the National League for his own pair of stellar outings. He tossed a two-hit shutout with 10 strikeouts against the Braves at Nationals Park on Monday, then held the Rockies to two runs and struck out 11 batters in seven innings Saturday.

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In the first outing, Scherzer also stole the first base of his career. He joined the Astros' Nolan Ryan (on May 16, 1984) as the only pitchers to pitch a shutout, strike out 10 or more batters and steal a base in the same game.

"I mean, that's a guy, that's a player," Nats catcher Pedro Severino said. "He's awesome. He can pitch. He can hit now. He can steal second, too."

The only two runs Scherzer allowed last week came on a home run by Charlie Blackmon in the first inning Saturday. That would be the last hit Scherzer allowed in the game as he retired the next 20 batters he faced to finish off his third double-digit strikeout performance of the year. He's only the 13th pitcher in MLB history with at least 10 strikeouts in three of his team's first 15 games.

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

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Ohtani, Taillon named Players of the Week

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