ST. PETERSBURG -- While the New York Yankees continued to look for their bearings last week, Alex Rodriguez found his. The period from Monday through Sunday was a spectacular one for the third baseman, who in that one week equaled a Bombers record of five Yankee Stadium homers in April originally set by Lou Gehrig. A-Rod also batted .429, drove in 12 runs -- 10 of them in one game -- and had a slugging percentage of 1.190.
As a result, he earned two props: The clean-up spot in the Yankees' lineup, and sharing honors as the American League's co-player of the week. Rodriguez and Chicago pitcher Jon Garland were named co-winners of Bank of America Presents the American League Player of the Week for the week ending May 1. A highlight of Rodriguez's week was his 10-RBI game on Tuesday in a 12-4 win over the Angels. The lowlight was New York's record of 2-4. "I just wish we could celebrate it a little more," manager Joe Torre said of rhe recognition accorded Rodriguez. "As an individual, it was a great stretch. If not for him, we would have won one game less." Torre was left hoping Rodriguez's temperature will heat up his mates. "He's certainly important where he is in the lineup," said Torre, who installed Rodriguez in the four-hole Sunday. "If anyone can ignite us, he has the ability to do that."
Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.