New York, NY (Sports Network) - Tampa Bay first baseman James Loney and Texas
outfielder Alex Rios have been named the American League's top players for the
final week of the regular season.
Perhaps it's only fitting that they share the award. After all, their
receptive clubs are set to battle in a tiebreaker Monday night to determine
Cleveland's opponent in the wild card game.
Loney batted .435 (10-for-23) with a home run, five doubles and five runs
batted in. Rios, meanwhile, hit .346 (9-for-26) with one homer, three doubles,
eight RBI and three stolen bases.
Others considered for the award included Detroit's Justin Verlander and
Cleveland's Jason Kipnis.
The Sports Network