Chicago White Sox rookie first baseman Jose Abreu and Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager have been named the American League Co-Players of the Week. This is the first career weekly honor for both players.
Abreu batted .310 with one double, five homers, 14 RBI and eight runs scored in seven games on his way to becoming the first White Sox rookie to win A.L. Player of the Week 2007. Among Major League leaders, Jose finished first in RBI and total bases (25) and tied for tops overall in home runs.
On Tuesday, the right-handed-hitting Abreu went 2-for-3 with a solo homer in the opening game of the team’s series with the Detroit Tigers. The next day, the 27-year-old once again opened the scoring as Abreu launched a two-run homer in the first to propel the South Siders to an eventual 6-4 triumph.
Seager batted .409 during his award-winning week, launching five homers with 11 RBI over six games. Seager led the Majors in slugging percentage (1.091), was second in total bases (24) and third overall in RBI. On Wednesday, Seager accounted for all five Mariners runs as the lefty-swinging North Carolina native launched a two-run homer in the seventh and a three-run, walk-off shot in the ninth as the Mariners defeated the Houston Astros, 5-3. His five RBI established a new career high. On Sunday, he had his second two-homer game of the week and his fourth straight multi-hit game in a 6-5 victoey over the Texas Rangers.