Red Sox outfielder Adam Duvall has been named the American League Player of the Week for the week of March 30-April 2, Major League Baseball announced on Monday.
Duvall had a monster series against the Orioles to kick off the 2023 season. The right-handed hitting slugger went 8-for-14 (.571) at the plate with three doubles, one triple, two home runs, eight RBIs, 14 runs scored, zero walks, and three strikeouts in three games at Fenway Park.
Both of those homers came in Saturday’s 9-8 win over Baltimore. In the fifth inning, Duvall crushed a 414-foot two-run shot off O’s starter Dean Kremer for his first big fly in a Red Sox uniform. In the bottom of the ninth, with Boston trailing 8-7 and down to its final out, Duvall came through by clubbing a 387-foot, two-run walk-off home run off Felix Bautista that barely cleared the Green Monster.
By hitting one triple, two homers, and three doubles, Duvall became the first player to ever record six or more extra-base hits in their first three games as a member of the Red Sox. The 34-year-old’s eight RBIs are also tied for the second-most in the team’s first three games of a season.
This marks the first time in his 10-year big-league career that Duvall has earned Player of the Week honors in either the American or National League. The one-time All-Star and Gold Glove Award winner signed a one-year, $7 million deal with the Red Sox back in January after spending the better part of the last four seasons with the Braves.
Duvall will be batting fifth and starting in center field as the Red Sox welcome the Pirates into town for the first of a three-game interleague series on Monday night. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. eastern time on NESN.
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