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Gonzalez staying level-headed after hot week at plate

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Gonzalez staying level-headed after hot week at plate

ARLINGTON, Texas -- First baseman Adrian Gonzalez was named American League Player of the Week for the period covering July 16-22.

Gonzalez hit .429 (12-for-28) with three homers and 12 RBI while scoring five runs.

It's the sixth time in his career that Gonzalez has been so honored. He's hit safely in 25 of his last 27 games, batting .397 in that span, including a major league-best .538 with runners in scoring position.

"I'm going to have the same mentality at any time, whether I'm doing good or bad," said Gonzalez. "I understand it's a long season. It's not how you start or how you finish; it's the season as a whole. You're going to have great weeks and you're going to have bad weeks. That's part of the game.

"Hopefully, I'm going to have more good than bad."

Gonzalez was at a loss to explain how his hitting turned around in the last month.

"The game is the game," he shrugged. "Sometimes it clicks and sometimes it doesn't. Nobody's got the answer, I promise you that. I already understand that. I just stay the same all the way through."

With the trade deadline a week away, Gonzalez was asked what the attitude was in the clubhouse with regard to getting some outside help.

"All we can focus on is going out and playing the game today," he said. "That's all we can control. That's what, I'm pretty sure, everyone in (the clubhouse) is focused on. We're not focused on the trade deadline. I don't even know what today is, to be honest with you."

Red Sox reportedly make offer to Cora

Red Sox reportedly make offer to Cora

UPDATE: The deal is for three years, per Ken Rosenthal.

BOSTON — We’re just waiting on an announcement now.

A pair of national reports on Saturday afternoon, one from FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal... 

...And another from MLB Network and FanRagSports.com's Jon Heyman...

have firmed up Alex Cora’s expected hiring as Red Sox manager. Both reported that Cora, the Astros bench coach, is expected to take the job once Houston's season ends, which could come as soon as Saturday night after Game 7 of the American League Championship Series. 

Heyman reported a contract offer has already been made to Cora. 

A baseball source said this week that there was “not a doubt” Cora, the Astros bench coach, would wind up with the Red Sox gig. It’s unclear when exactly the offer was made to him, but one had not been made as of midday Wednesday, the source said. 

Cora, 41, a former Red Sox infielder (2005-08) who's also worked in the media and is the most sought-after managerial candidate at the moment, appeared the front-runner since the outset of what proved a small search for the Red Sox.

Earlier, Boston Globe reported that the Washington Nationals were interested in Cora after they fired Dusty Baker on Friday. 

 

Could Nationals' interest in Cora mess with Red Sox' plans?

Could Nationals' interest in Cora mess with Red Sox' plans?

The Washington Nationals will ask to speak to Houston Astros bench coach Alex Cora after the ALCS, Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe reported, which could throw a wrench into the Red Sox' plans to name Cora their manager.

The Sox appeared close to naming Cora to replace John Farrell after the Astros season is finished, NBC Sports Boston Red Sox Insider Evan Drellich reported earlier this week. Then the Nats decided to part ways with manager Dusty Baker after consecutive N.L. East titles but Division Series flameouts.

Cora, 41, as Cafardo points out, was once offered a player development job with the Nats, who were the last team he played for (2011) in his 14-plus years as a major league infielder, including 2005-08 with the Red Sox. 

Nationals GM Mike Rizzo obviously has a fondness for Cora, telling MLB.com in 2011:

"I think it comes natural to him to be a teacher. Alex still has a lot left in his tank as a player. But he has my number, and when he’s done playing, he can make a call. It will be well-received."

After interviewing Cora, ex-Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus and Ron Gardenhire, who took the Tigers job this week, Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski told WEEI.com that he was still "undecided" if he'll interview anyone else.