New York, NY – Chicago White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko has been named the American League Player of the Week for the period ending April 29.
Konerko, who mashed his 400th career home run last Wednesday, batted .435 with three doubles, three homers, four RBI and three runs scored in six games. Among the early-season league leaders, Konerko is fourth in batting average (.383) and tied for ninth in homers (5).
His 400th homer helped him become just the fourth player in franchise history to hit a milestone homer of 400-or-more while in a White Sox uniform, joining Frank Thomas (400th in 2003), Jim Thome (500th in 2007) and Andruw Jones (400th in 2010).
Other noteworthy performances last week included Konerko's teammate Jake Peavy, Kansas City Royals designated hitter Billy Butler, Baltimore Orioles infielder Chris Davis and Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera.