Major League Baseball announced today that Rangers catcher Bengie Molina has been named the American League Player of the Week for July 15-18.
Molina, acquired by Texas in a July 1 trade with San Francisco, went 5-for-12 (.417) with 2 home runs and 6 RBI in the Rangers’ 4-game series last week at Boston.  He tied for the league lead in home runs and ranked 2nd in the circuit in RBI for the abbreviated week.
On Friday at Fenway Park, Molina recorded just the fifth cycle in Rangers history, going 4-for-4 with 4 RBI.  He became just the 8th player in the modern era (beginning 1900) and first catcher ever to have a grand slam as part of a cycle.  He is just the 15th catcher ever with a cycle, the first backstop to do it for Texas.  It was just the second cycle in the major leagues this season, joining Milwaukee’s Jody Gerut on May 8 at Arizona.
Molina, who turns 36 tomorrow, is the fourth Texas player to earn A.L. Player of the Week honors this season.  Nelson Cruz won on May 24, while Josh Hamilton and Colby Lewis shared the June 14 honors.