Rangers' Beltre tabbed as AL Player of the Week

Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre has been named the American League's Player of the Week for games played between July 1-7.

Beltre earned the honor, the fourth of his career, after leading the majors in home runs (4) and total bases (25) while batting .478 (11-of-23) with five RBI and four runs scored over six games. The three-time All-Star hit safely in all six contests and enters Monday's play riding a nine-game hitting streak.

The highlight of Beltre's week came on Independence Day, when the 34-year-old veteran slugged a pair of solo homers as part of a 3-for-4 effort in Texas' 5-4 victory over Seattle. He also went deep twice during the Rangers' three- game series with Houston over the weekend.

Others considered for the award were Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees, Detroit's Torii Hunter, Seattle's Kyle Seager and Jered Weaver of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.