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Orioles' Mark Trumbo named co-AL Player of the Week

Orioles' Mark Trumbo named co-AL Player of the Week
Orioles designated hitter Mark Trumbo, left, is congratulated by teammate Adam Jones after hitting a three-run home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Friday, April 15, 2016. (LM Otero / AP)

Orioles outfielder Mark Trumbo's record-setting power display last week earned him the first weekly award of his six-year major league career Monday.

Trumbo won co-American League Player of the Week honors – along with Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve – for the week of April 11-17. Over that span, Trumbo hit .320/.346/.960 with five homers and 11 RBIs.

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He homered in four of his six games last week, including two homers in the Orioles' nine-run seventh inning in Friday night's 11-5 win in Texas. He became the first Orioles player in the franchise's 63-year history to hit two homers in the same inning.

Despite not logging an extra-base hit until his sixth game with the Orioles, Trumbo became the first player in club history to hit five homers in his first 10 games with the team, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

His first nine hits of the season were all singles, but six of Trumbo's eight hits last week were for extra bases – five homers and a double – and he led all major league hitters in homers (five), slugging (.960) and total bases (24) over that span while also recording an eye-popping 1.306 OPS.

Altuve, a three-time All-Star, hit .407 with three home runs, seven RBIs and eght runs scored in seven games against the Royals and Tigers.

Trumbo and Altuve will both receive a commemorative watch for winning the award.

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