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Gonzalez named AL Co-Player of the Week

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Gonzalez named AL Co-Player of the Week

BALTIMORE It will be a showdown between Co-players of the Week starting Tuesday at Camden Yards when Adrian Gonzalez and Manny Machado suit up respectively for the Red Sox and Orioles.

Gonzalez batted .393 (11-for-28) with seven doubles, two home runs, 14 RBI and six runs scored in seven games last week to win his second weekly honor of the season and the seventh time in his nine-year career.

I feel pretty comfortable, said Gonzalez after Sundays win over the Indians. Im in the right mindset and Im confident, and thats translating into the hitting. When youre making hard contact with the pitches that you want to make contact with, its a good feeling up there.

Im not hesitating. Im doubting myself. Im just ready to hit.

Both, of course, have arrived in the second half of the season as Gonzalez has hit close to .400 and leads all Major League Baseball players with 35 RBIs since the All-Star break.

The left-handed-hitting slugger led the Majors in doubles and RBI over the week, and was among his A.L. counterparts finishing second in total bases (24), tied for third in hits and was fourth in slugging percentage (.857).

On Monday, the 30-year-old went 3-for-5 with an RBI-double and two run-scoring singles as Boston defeated the A.L. West-leading Texas Rangers, 9-2, at Fenway Park. But that was just the appetizer.

Gonzalez teamed with Jacoby Ellsbury, Carl Crawford and Dustin Pedroia to go 11-for-18 with eight doubles, eight RBI and six runs scored in the win. Gonzalez wrapped up the week on Sunday by going 2-for-3 with a double, a homer, four RBI and two runs scored as Boston defeated the Cleveland Indians, 14-1, at Progressive Field.

The Sox first basemens AL honor comes as part of a second-half offensive surge as he leads the A.L. in batting average (.393), RBI (35) and slugging percentage (.673) since play resumed after the All-Star break on July 13.

Machado batted .375 (6-for-16) with a double, a triple, three homers, seven RBI and five runs scored in four games to win his first career A.L. Player of the Week honor. The 20 year-old has made a splash since making his Major League debut on August 9 against the Kansas City Royals, hitting safely in each of his first four games.

The Baseball Show Podcast: Will the Red Sox make a trade before the deadline?

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The Baseball Show Podcast: Will the Red Sox make a trade before the deadline?

0:23 - Lou Merloni and Evan Drellich discuss Chris Sale's continued dominance as he shuts down the Tigers on Sunday afternoon. Sale now has an incredible 0.27 ERA in his last 5 starts.

4:24 - Will the Red Sox make a trade prior to the deadline? Do they have enough ammo to bring in an impact player? Merloni and Drellich talk about what positions the Red Sox should look to upgrade before July 31st.

9:05 - David Price started off the unofficial 2nd half of the season with 6.1 innings of shutout ball. Is he someone the Red Sox can rely on going forward? Lou and Evan break down what they expect to see from Price.

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Report: Red Sox could be suitors for Hamels, Straily

Report: Red Sox could be suitors for Hamels, Straily

As the July 31 trade deadline draws nearer, the Boston Red Sox have been exploring the market for arms, from Zach Britton to Jeurys Familia to Mike Fiers.

According to Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe, we could possibly add two more to that wish list: Texas Rangers lefthander Cole Hamels, and Miami Marlins righthander Dan Straily.

There's a belief that the 34-year-old Hamels will be dealt before the deadline, cemented further perhaps by comments Hamels made earlier in the week to Philly.com's Scott Lauber, in which he said a return to the Phillies -- where he won his first and only World Series title -- "would be a blessing". Cafardo names the Red Sox as "possibly" having interest, and it wouldn't be the first time the they've shown interest in the former World Series MVP and four-time All-Star.

Back in 2015, the Red Sox made a failed bid at the deadline for Hamels, who wound up going to the Rangers. A year later, Hamels told WEEI's Rob Bradford that he wouldn't have invoked his no-trade clause on a deal to Boston.

Hamels is expected to get the ball Monday night against Oakland, amidst a forgettable stretch in which he's 1-2 with a 9.53 ERA over his last four starts.

Elsewhere, Cafardo says the Marlins "feel they can get the Red Sox interested" in Straily, but wonders if they have the assets to get a deal done.

"The Marlins aren't completely enamored by the choices from the Red Sox farm system," Cafardo writes. "There is some sentiment for Blake Swihart but with Christian Vazquez gone until September sometime, the Red Sox may not be able to swing such a deal."

Straily, 29, is 4-4 in 15 starts this season for Miami, with a 4.02 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP.

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