Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran was named American League Player of the Week by Major League Baseball on Monday after the switch-hitter lead the league in total bases and slugging percentage over the past week.

Beltran got off to a slow start on the season, be really turned it on over the past week, hitting .423 (11-for-26) last week with four doubles, three home runs, six RBIs and seven runs. It was his 4th inning two-run homerun off Felix Doubront that turned out the be the difference make in the Yankees' 3-2 win over the Boston Red Sox.

Beltran, last night, went 3-for-3 in the win, and finished a triple shy of the cycle for the second time in the four-game series against the Red Sox.

He also hit a homerun and double on Saturday in the Yankees' 7-4 win over Boston. Sunday's homerun marked the first time Beltran has homered in consecutive games since May 28-29 last year.

A Gold Glove outfielder, Beltran made the move to the infield Sunday night when he had to play first base for most of the game after Francisco Cervelli left with a hamstring injury.

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