May 6th, 2013

Ryan Raburn tops four Tigers for AL Player of the Week

The Tigers had quite a few candidates for American League Player of the Week, from Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder to Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer. In the end, though, they couldn’t top their old teammate, Ryan Raburn, whose back-to-back two-homer games and 11-for-12 stretch earned him his first weekly honor and the first for a Cleveland Indians player since Asdrubal Cabrera two years ago.

Raburn became just the fourth Major League player since 1939 to register 11 hits and four home runs over a three-game stretch, according to Elias Sports Bureau. Hall of Famers Duke Snider and Kirby Puckett were among the other three, along with Shawn Green, who was the most recent to do it in 2002.

Verlander and Scherzer both went 2-0 last week, recording 17 and 18 strikeouts over 14 and 15 1/3 innings, respectively. Cabrera and Fielder both had three home runs and 10 RBIs, with Cabrera batting .423 for the week. All of them were listed in the MLB press release as noteworthy performances along with Mike Trout.