Abreu nabs co-player of the week honor

CHICAGO -- After reaching some impressive milestones in recent days, Chicago White Sox rookie Jose Abreu was named co-American League player of the week with the Seattle Mariners’ Kyle Seager.

Abreu batted .310 with five home runs and an AL-best 14 RBIs from April 21 through Sunday’s games. He also added an .862 slugging percentage, while becoming the first White Sox player to win the honor since Alejandro De Aza in July of last season.

Abreu not only homered in back-to-back games last week at Detroit, he had two home runs, including a game-ending grand slam, on Friday against the Tampa Bay Rays, and then added a home run and four RBIs in a victory over the Rays on Sunday.

Abreu leads the AL with 10 home runs and 31 RBIs. Both numbers are major league rookie records before May 1.

His RBI total is the highest in the opening month for any White Sox player, regardless of experience, and he has already become the first player in baseball history to have four games with four RBIs or more in his first 26 games played.