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09/08/09 6:49 PM ET
Lind, Longoria AL co-Players of Week
Blue Jays' DH had 12 RBIs; Rays' third baseman hit .467
By Tom Singer / MLB.com
Toronto's Adam Lind, who led the Majors with 12 RBIs, and Tampa Bay third baseman Evan Longoria, who led the league with a .467 average, have been named American League co-Players of the Week presented by Bank of America for the period ending Sept. 6. Lind and Longoria also tied for the AL lead with three homers for the week. Although the weekly award is Longoria's third of the season and fourth of his career, Lind earned the honor for the first time. Lind, the Blue Jays' 26-year-old primary DH, collected eight of his RBIs in his second career multi-homer game, on Aug. 31 against the Rangers. That output was one shy of Toronto's almost 32-year-old record, set by Roy Howell on Sept. 10, 1977, against the Yankees. A breakout season finds Lind batting .304 entering tonight's game against Minnesota, with 28 homers and 94 RBIs. Longoria went 14-for-30, with eight of the hits for extra bases. The 2008 AL Rookie of the Year has driven in 100 runs for the first time and already exceeded his first-year total of 27 home runs. The 23-year-old enters play Tuesday riding an 11-game hitting streak. He previously took weekly honors this season for the periods ending April 13 and May 4. Other performers considered for the award were Boston left-hander Jon Lester (2-0, 1.38 with a league-high 17 K's); Red Sox catcher-first baseman Victor Martinez (league-best .538 on-base percentage); and Texas outfielder Nelson Cruz (3 HR).
Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.