The Yankees were hoping for a boost when they acquired Ichiro Suzuki from the Mariners on July 23. The 38-year-old certainly provided just that in the past six games, providing a performance that earned him the American League Player of the Week Award on Monday.
Suzuki hit safely in all six contests, with five multi-hit efforts, as New York went 5-1 to maintain a one-game edge over Baltimore for the AL East lead. Overall, the 10-time All-Star batted .600 (15-for-25) with three doubles, two home runs, five RBIs, seven runs scored and six stolen bases. He led the Majors in batting average and steals, as well as on-base percentage (.630).
Suzuki's week included a huge performance in the Yankees' doubleheader sweep against the Blue Jays on Wednesday. He had three hits in the first game and followed that by going 4-for-4 in the nightcap, with the go-ahead RBI single in the eighth inning. It was his second career game with four hits and four steals, the first in the Majors since 2009 and the first by a Yankee since 1988.
Suzuki also played a significant role in his club's wild 10-9, 14-inning victory over the A's on Saturday, going 3-for-5 with a home run and two walks. He is hitting .331 with an .837 OPS, five homers and 12 steals in 57 games for the Yankees.
The weekly award is the fourth of the 12-year veteran's career and his first since September 2010. His huge week prevented a second straight win for the Tigers' Miguel Cabrera, who was once again among a group of contenders by hitting .346 with four doubles, four homers and 10 RBIs.