Soaring Beckham named Player of the Week

Orioles shortstop makes quick impression with new club

Soaring Beckham named Player of the Week

ANAHEIM -- The Orioles' newest addition, shortstop Tim Beckham, wasn't even with the club a week ago. Still, Beckham did enough -- more than enough, actually -- in the short time since, earning American League Player of the Week honors.

"[He's] deserving. We got to see it," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of Beckham, who was acquired last Monday in a Trade Deadline deal with Tampa Bay. "How long has he been here? He's Player of the Week in only six days. He didn't even need all week."

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Beckham, the first overall pick by the Rays in the 2008 Draft, has hit .583/.600/1.167 with three home runs and six RBIs in six games since joining the Orioles. The 27-year-old also doubled three times, tripled once and recorded five multihit games while helping Baltimore win four times to climb back into the AL Wild Card race.

"Every time you get an award for good play on the field, it's good. It's a blessing," Beckham said prior to the Orioles game in Anaheim on Monday night. "I just want to keep it going and keep contributing to the the team and keep trying to win every night. ... It's been a good feeling."

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It's the first career Player of the Week award for Beckham, who is in the midst of a career year at the plate. He is setting career highs across the board with a .282 batting average, 15 home runs and 42 RBIs in 93 games split between Baltimore and Tampa Bay.

Beckham said he hasn't changed anything about his preparation since coming to Baltimore.

"I just want to compete every day, come out and leave it all on the field," he said. "Sometimes you get good results and sometimes you get bad results. I just want to trust my routine and play good defense."

Beckham's name was further etched in Orioles lore as he clubbed the 2,500th homer by an O's player at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Thursday and the franchise's 10,000th regular-season home run in history on Saturday. He also received the first curtain call of his career.

Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for since 2010. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.