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Plouffe, Santana share AL Player of the Week honors

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After the Twins' offense turned out a high-scoring weekend, two Minnesota players -- third baseman Trevor Plouffe and center fielder Danny Santana -- have been named the American League co-Players of the Week.

It's the first honor for each of the players -- who become Minnesota's second and third honorees this season after Chris Colabello won on April 7 -- and the first time Twins teammates shared the honor since Jason Kubel and Delmon Young on Oct. 4, 2009.

Plouffe hit .367 (11-for-30) with five doubles, two homers, 10 RBIs and six runs, while Santana hit .378 (14-for-37) with two doubles, two triples, one homer, six RBIs and seven runs over the week. Santana, now riding a nine-game hitting streak that includes five multihit games, is the first Minnesota rookie to earn the award since Carlos Gomez on Sept. 15, 2008.

Plouffe was tied for first in the big leagues in doubles, while Santana led all batters in hits and was tied for first in triples and total bases (23).

In Friday's rout of the Tigers, the duo combined to go 6-for-12 with a double, two homers, seven RBIs and six runs. Plouffe has already set career highs in doubles (37), triples (two), RBIs (65) and runs (57) scored this season.

Twins teammates Brian Dozier (11 walks), Oswaldo Arcia (three homers and eight RBIs) and Kennys Vargas (.371 average, five doubles, eight RBIs) were also recognized for their efforts this week.

Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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