Boston's Gonzalez claims AL weekly honors

Boston Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez has been named the American League Player of the Week for the period ending August 28.

In seven games during the week, Gonzalez batted .393 with a double, five home runs, nine RBI and eight runs scored. The award is Gonzalez's fifth career player of the week honor and his first as an American League player.

Entering Monday's action, the first overall pick in the 2000 draft leads the league with a .345 batting average, 298 total bases and a career-best 184 hits.

Other noteworthy performances included: Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria, outfielder Desmond Jennings, left-hander David Price and right- hander James Shields; New York Yankees right fielder Nick Swisher; Baltimore Orioles slugger Mark Reynolds; Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim second baseman Howie Kendrick; Chicago White Sox left-hander John Danks; and Detroit Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander.