05/23/05 5:24 PM ET
Teixeira named AL Player of the Week
Ranger slugger hit at a torrid .458 clip with four doubles
By Robert Falkoff / MLB.com
As the weather heats up, Rangers' first baseman Mark Teixeira seems to do the same.
The reigning Silver Slugger Award winner has been named Bank of America's American League Player of the Week for the period ending May 22. In six games last week, Teixeira hit .458 (11-for-24) with two homers, five RBI, six runs scored and a .500 on-base percentage.
Teixeira led the AL with 21 total bases and four doubles for the week. He was second among AL players with an .875 slugging percentage.
"My goal is always to strive for consistency," Teixeira said. "If you have the same approach and work ethic each day that you come to the ballpark, good things can happen over time."
Teixeira, who began to heat up after June 1 last season and wound up hitting .281 with 38 homers and 112 RBI, put together a six-game hitting streak for the week, including four multi-hit games. Teixeira homered in back-to-back games on Saturday and Sunday, helping the Rangers sweep the in-state rival Houston Astros.
Teixeira now has two AL Player of the Week awards. It marks the 55th time a Texas player has earned the honor.
Other candidates were A.J. Pierzynski and Jermaine Dye of the White Sox; Rafael Palmeiro of Baltimore; Ronnie Belliard of Cleveland; and Damon Hollins of Tampa Bay.
Teixeira will receive a Tourneau luxury Swiss timepiece. Bank of America, the official bank of Major League Baseball, is the presenting sponsor of the American League and National League Player of the Week Awards, which reflect the bank's long-standing tradition of promoting and recognizing higher standards of accomplishment.
Robert Falkoff is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.