Victorino named AL Player of the Week

Right fielder Shane Victorino, who helped the AL-East-leading Red Sox to a 5-2 record last week, has been named the American League Player of the Week for the first time in his career.

Victorino batted .400 (12-for-30) with three doubles, two home runs, six RBIs and seven runs scored over the seven games. He had five multi-hit games, including a team-leading three hits in Boston's 8-2 win over the Seattle on Tuesday at Fenway Park. On Thursday, Victorino went 2-for-5 with a key solo homer, three RBIs and two runs scored in Boston's dramatic 8-7 comeback, walk-off victory over Seattle.

Recently, Victorino, 32, talked with ESPN Boston's Jackie MacMullan about how much he enjoys playing in Boston and with this Red Sox team.

"This group has a chance to be special," said Victorino. "They remind me of our great Phillies teams. We grind it out, 27 outs. We're going to get right in your face. We might lose, but we're coming for you, even when we're down nine runs."