Appropriately enough, it's a Tampa Bay Ray that earns the final Scout.com Player of the Week award for the 2013 season, as the Rays downed the Texas Rangers, 5-2, on Monday to squeak into the playoffs.
Evan Longoria led the Major Leagues in homers over the final week-plus-one of the season (3), while also pacing all big leaguers in RBIs (11), hitting .375 (12-for-32) and scoring eight runs (second in the bigs).
Tampa Bay went 5-2 leading into Monday's victory in Arlington, Tex., with Longoria going 3-for-4 with two runs, a double, a home run and two RBIs in the one-game playoff.
Longoria finished the season with 32 homers and 91 runs scored and 88 RBIs, narrowly missing his second 30-100-100 season, which would have been his first since 2009.
It was Longoria's two-run, tie-breaking shot dealt a death blow to the Rangers, who came into Game 163 having won their past seven games. Tampa Bay got an extra insurance run in the seventh thanks to a sacrifice fly by Delmon Young, who returned to the Rays as a free agent on Aug. 22 after being taken by Tampa Bay with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2003 draft.
Sept. 9-15: Hunter Pence
Sept. 2-8: Mike Napoli
Aug. 26-Sept. 1: Brandon Moss
Aug. 19-25: Jarrod Parker
Aug. 12-18: Alfonso Soriano
Aug. 5-11: Miguel Cabrera
July 29-August 4: A.J. Burnett
July 22-28: Giancarlo Stanton
July 15-21: Juan Lagares
July 8-14: Buster Posey
July 1-7: Clayton Kershaw
June 24-30: Jason Kipnis
June 17-23: Ryan Howard
June 10-16: Carlos Gonzalez
June 3-9: Yasiel Puig
May 26-June 2: Domonic Brown
May 20-26: Mike Trout
May 13-19: Justin Masterson
May 6-12: Evan Longoria
April 29-May 5: Ryan Raburn
April 22-28: Jeff Locke
April 15-21: Mike Trout
April 8-14: Prince Fielder
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Scout.com Player of the Week: Evan Longoria
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