CLEVELAND (AP) - Indians first baseman Jim Thome, who was batting just .143 and didn't hit first home run until Cleveland's ninth game, Monday was named the American League player of the week.
Thome (pictured, right) made up for his slow start by hitting home runs in his last four games. In six games last week, he batted .350, drove in 11 runs and scored six times.
The Indians, who have won 10 straight games and have baseball's best record at 11-1, will open a three-game series in Chicago against the White Sox on Tuesday.
Thome was twice named player of the week last season, and was the AL's player of the month in July.
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