Twins first baseman Justin Morneau, who on Sunday was named to the American League All-Star team for the third straight year, was named the American League Player of the Week presented by Bank of America on Monday for the period ending July 5. In six games through Sunday, Morneau went 12-for-25 (.480), leading the league with four home runs. He also drove in eight runs during a week emblematic of the type of performance that had made him his peers' top choice at first base in player balloting for the 80th Midsummer Classic. Morneau highlighted his week by hitting home runs in three consecutive games, through Tuesday.
On Saturday, Morneau went 4-for-4 in the Twins' 4-3 victory over the Tigers, improving the Canada native's lifetime average on Independence Day to .545 (12-for-22) -- the best among all active players with 20-plus at-bats on the holiday. This is Morneau's second weekly award, coming on nearly the second anniversary of his prior honor, on July 9, 2007. Others considered for the award included Rangers outfielders David Murphy (AL-leading .500 average) and Marlon Byrd (AL-leading nine RBIs, .556 on-base percentage) and Boston lefty Jon Lester (1-0 with an 0.66 ERA and 17 strikeouts in two starts).
Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.