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05/09/05 8:08 PM ET

Stoked Soriano AL Player of the Week

Second baseman powers Rangers to second place

ARLINGTON -- Rangers second baseman Alfonso Soriano will not easily forget his first extended stretch of hitting in the fifth spot in the batting order.

Soon, he'll have the American League Player of the Week hardware to always remind him.

"I'm happy that I had a good week," Soriano said. "I was able to help the team and my numbers went up as well."

That is perhaps the understatement of the week.

Soriano was named the AL Player of the Week after a six-game stretch last week in which he hit .458 with five home runs, nine runs scored, and 13 RBIs. He also led the AL in total bases with 28, finished third in slugging percentage at 1.167 and was fifth in on-base percentage at .500.

He finished the week with a five-game hitting streak, and paced Texas on its rise to second place in the AL West. The Rangers went 5-1 with the help of Soriano's bat.

Additionally, he became the first Rangers player in three years with back-to-back multi-homer games when he accomplished the feat during his magnificent week.

"I feel like I'm hitting the ball perfectly and my swing is working perfectly," said Soriano, who has been named AL Player of the Week four times in his career. "It's a mixture of seeing the ball well."

Soriano started the season as the team's leadoff hitter but was recently moved down in the order to create more run-producing opportunities for a slugger who reluctantly refers to himself as a power hitter. He has gone 13-for-35 in the nine games since moving from the leadoff spot to the fifth spot in the batting order.

"Sori would do what he does whether you hit him one through nine," Rangers manager Buck Showalter said.

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