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Young named AL Player of the Week

Young named AL Player of the Week

Tigers designated hitter Dmitri Young was named the American League Player of the Week on Monday after batting 9-for-24 last week with a double, two triples, three home runs and seven RBIs.

All of Young's homers came in last Monday's Opening Day victory over the Royals, making him the third Major Leaguer in history to hit three in a season opener. He also went 4-for-4 in that game. For the week, Young's nine runs scored, two triples, .958 slugging percentage and 23 total bases led AL hitters.

Young's hitting helped propel a Tigers offense that scored an AL-best 40 runs in its first six games. Shortstop Carlos Guillen also earned consideration after batting .455 (10-for-22).

The last time Young won AL Player of the Week, he had far less support in the lineup. He took the honor for the week of May 26-June 1, 2003, by hitting .458 (11-for-24) with three home runs and seven RBIs. The award completed a month in which he hit .355 (38-for-107) with six doubles, three triples, six homers and 25 RBIs.

Young will receive a Torneau Swiss timepiece for his award.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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