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Red-hot Ellsbury named AL Player of Week

Yankees center fielder hit four homers, led Majors with 27 total bases

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Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury was named the American League Player of the Week for the second time in his career on Monday after batting .522 during the last week of August.

Ellsbury doubled, tripled, hit four homers, drove in nine runs, scored six and stole two bases over the Yanks' six games. He led the Major Leagues in total bases (27) and slugging percentage (1.174).

Ellsbury started the week with a 3-for-5 performance at Kansas City on Monday that included a homer, three RBIs, two runs and the 1,000th RBI of his eight-year career.

Ellsbury then belted two long balls Tuesday against Detroit for his fifth career two-homer game (and first since Aug. 6, 2013), and he went 2-for-5 with a triple, a homer and two RBIs on Friday against the Blue Jays. It was his fourth homer in five games and the fifth straight game in which he drove in a run -- the longest RBI streak of his career and longest by a Yankee this season.

Over past 13 games, Ellsbury has hit .440 (22-for-50) with two doubles, a triple, four homers and 12 RBIs.

It's Ellsbury's first weekly honor while with the Yankees, and he's New York's third player, joining Carlos Beltran and Brett Gardner, to receive the award this season.

Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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