O's shortstop Hardy named AL POW

O's shortstop Hardy named AL POW

O's shortstop Hardy named AL POW
Baltimore shortstop J.J. Hardy was recognized for a productive period in a standout season on Monday, when he was named the American League's Player of the Week.

Hardy, acquired from Minnesota over the winter, batted .323 (10-for-31) with four home runs, two doubles and 10 RBIs last week. The 28-year-old became the first Baltimore shortstop to be named Player of the Week since Miguel Tejada did it in 2006.

The former second-round draftee leads all AL shortstops with 23 home runs this season, and he also leads his positional peers in homers since the All-Star break (10). Hardy had a run of eight straight games with an RBI last week, the fourth-longest streak in franchise history.

Hardy led all AL players in RBIs last week, and he finished second among all big leaguers with four home runs. The veteran homered and doubled twice last Monday, then he added a four-hit game on Wednesday. Hardy added a two-homer game -- his third this season -- on Friday.

Hardy, who will be awarded a watch, courtesy of Game Time, for his distinction, beat out several noteworthy performances. Pitchers James Shields, Ubaldo Jimenez and Ervin Santana received consideration, as did Robinson Cano, David Ortiz, Melky Cabrera and Curtis Granderson.

Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.