DETROIT (97.1 The Ticket) — As Detroit Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez looks to extend his 12-game hitting streak into a series with the Texas Rangers this week, the rest of the league took notice of what Martinez had done last week.
Martinez was awarded the American League Player of the Week for the first time in his career. Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw won the award for the National League.
Martinez batted .444 (12-for-27) with three doubles, four homers, 11 RBI and six runs scored in seven games to grab his first career weekly honor and the first for Detroit this season. Teammates Miguel Cabrera and Austin Jackson were the last Tigers to win A.L. Player of the Week last season.
Martinez led all Major League hitters in RBI and slugging percentage (1.000), and tied for first overall in home runs, extra-base hits (7) and total bases (27). Among American Leaguers, the right-handed-hitting Martinez was second in hits, tied for third in runs scored, was fifth in batting average and was tied for eighth in on-base percentage (.464).