Orioles' Nelson Cruz shares American League Player of the Week honor

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September 08, 2014|By Dan Connolly | The Baltimore Sun

BOSTON -- Buoyed by his monster day at the plate Sunday, when he homered twice, tripled once and drove in all seven of his team’s runs, Orioles slugger Nelson Cruz was named co-AL Player of the Week with the Detroit Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera.

Cruz batted .407 with four homers and a .967 slugging percentage from Sept. 1-7.

“To be able to win Player of the Week, I have to have guys on and to drive them [in] and get the hits to qualify,” Cruz said. “So it means whenever my teammates were on in front, I was able to do something good.”

It’s his third Player of the Week honor in his career and second this season — the first coming June 2. The winners receive a watch, and Cruz said he can’t find his first watch.

“I lost the other one. I don’t know what I did with it,” Cruz said, laughing. “I’ve been looking everywhere for it.

Around the horn

Orioles manager Buck Showalter has not yet named his rotation for the upcoming New York Yankees series this weekend, including Friday’s doubleheader. … The Orioles used 23 players in Sunday’s 11-inning game against the Tampa Bay Rays. That’s their most since Sept. 14, 1960 at Detroit and one shy of the modern franchise record of 24 on Sept. 7, 1958 versus Boston. … With his next home run, Cruz will be the sixth Orioles player in modern history to hit at least 40 in one season, joining Chris Davis, Brady Anderson, Frank Robinson, Jim Gentile and Rafael Palmeiro.

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