MLB

Josh Donaldson, Blue Jays 3rd baseman, named AL player of week

Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson was named American League player of the week on Monday after he posted a .440 batting average (11-for-25) in six games with 11 runs scored, six home runs and 11 runs batted in.

Hit .440 in 6 games with 6 homers, 11 RBIs

Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson, right, celebrates his three-run, game-winning homer against the White Sox on May 26. On Monday, Donaldson was named American League player of the week after he posted a .440 batting average (11-for-25) in six games with 11 runs scored, six home runs and 11 runs batted in. (Frank Gunn/Canadian Press)

The Toronto Blue Jays went a respectable 3-3 last week versus the Chicago White Sox and Minnesota Twins.

Imagine if they didn't have a healthy and productive Josh Donaldson.

The third baseman on Monday was named American League player of the week after he posted a .440 batting average (11-for-25) in six games with 11 runs scored, six home runs and 11 runs batted in.


Donaldson, who was acquired in an off-season trade from Oakland for Brett Lawrie and others, led all major league players for the week in runs, home runs, RBIs, slugging percentage (1.240) and total bases (31).

Among the highlights of the 29-year-old's memorable week:

  • A 4-for-4 performance in a 10-9 win over Chicago on May 26 that included two homers and a double, along with five runs and four RBIs. Donaldson became the first player in Blue Jays history to record at least four hits, four RBIs and five runs in a single game, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
  • In a 6-4 win at Minnesota on May 29, Donaldson homered in his fourth consecutive game for the first time in three-plus major league seasons.

Five of Donaldson's 15 home runs this season and 18 of his 77 career major league long balls have come after the eighth inning.

Entering play Monday, he topped all American League third baseman in runs scored (43), hits (63), doubles (14) home runs (15), RBIs (39) and slugging percentage (.604).

For the season, Donaldson is hitting .312 in 52 games.

He also won the AL weekly honour as a member of the Oakland Athletics on April 28, 2013.

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