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Choo once again named AL Player of the Week

Choo once again named AL Player of the Week

MINNEAPOLIS -- Winners of Bank of America's Players of the Week honors receive a watch courtesy of Game Time.

Shin-Soo Choo has received one for each wrist this season.

Coming off the first three-homer game of his career, and the first by an Indians player in six years, Choo was named the American League Player of the Week on Monday. He also won the award for the week of April 12-18. The red-hot Troy Tulowitzki of the Rockies won the award in the National League.

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"Maybe I'll give the watch to my father," Choo said. "Or I might put it with my trophies."

Not only did Choo have three home runs Friday night against the Royals, including his third career grand slam, he also hit his 20th homer and stole his 20th base on Sunday at Kauffman Stadium. Choo, therefore, attained 20-20 status for the second time in as many seasons. In 2009, he became the first Asian-born player to achieve this feat.

"It's even more impressive than when he did it last year," manager Manny Acta said, "because of all the people we lost in front of him. We lost Asdrubal Cabrera for 50 games, Grady Sizemore for most of the season, and Choo didn't have many [threats] hitting behind him. He really deserves all the credit. It's not something he set out to do. He's just that good. He's a very good player."

For the week, Choo reached safely in all six games played while driving in 11 runs with a .615 on-base percentage and 1.150 slugging percentage. He tied for the league lead with four homers and seven runs scored. He also ranked second in the AL in total bases (23), tied for third in batting average (.500, 10-for-20), tied for third in hits (10), tied for third in walks (five) and tied for fifth in stolen bases (two).

But his week was truly defined by his performance Friday night, when he took Kyle Davies, Bryan Bullington and Greg Holland deep and drove in seven runs. Choo might have hit a fourth home run, had he gotten to bat in the ninth. Alas, he was in the on-deck circle when the Indians' last out of the inning was made.

"He had good enough numbers that day to be Player of the Week," Acta joked. "Seven RBIs in one day. That's one a day for a week."

Choo became the first Tribe player to hit three homers in a game since Travis Hafner in 2004. And now he is the first Indians player to claim the Player of the Week award twice in the same season since Victor Martinez, also in '04.

Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, CastroTurf. Follow @castrovince on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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