8/04/2008 05:43:00 PM

X-Man Named Co-Player Of The Week For AL

Posted by Mark McCray |

Thor Nystrom/MLB.com:

Xavier Nady, in his first full week in the American League after being dealt from the Pirates to the Yankees, proved a quick study to new surroundings. The outfielder hit .526 (10-for-19) last week with three doubles, three homers and 10 RBIs. He posted a 1.158 slugging percentage along with a .571 on-base percentage.

"He understands what it's like to play here," Yankee manager Joe Girardi said of Nady. "It took him a couple of days to get used to his surroundings, but he had a great week for us. That's why we went and got him."

Nady was especially dominant in the recent four-game series against the Angels. He went 7-for-11 with two home runs and seven RBIs in that series, saving the best for last. On Sunday, Nady drove in a career-high six runs while going 4-for-5 with a double and a home run in New York's 14-9 victory.

"He's a big-time player," Johnny Damon said. "I might have been one of the happiest ones here when we got the trade, because I've seen him over the years just being a [pain] for all the teams that he hits against."

Nady secures his second weekly award of the season; he also won during the first week of the season while in Pittsburgh.


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