The Rays have put a chokehold on the AL Player of the Week award.

UTL Ben Zobrist became the third Tampa Bay player to win it in three weeks Monday, following RHP James Shields and DH Johnny Damon, who shared the honor with Angels RHP Dan Haren.

Zobrist hit .440 (11-for-25) with two home runs and a .444 on-base percentage in six games while leading the majors with five doubles and 13 RBIs, tying for most runs scored with eight and total bases with 24, and ranking second in slugging percentage at .960.

Of course, he had the epic seven-hit, 10-RBI day in the doubleheader last Thursday at Minnesota.

The last time a team won the award three weeks in a row was June 4-24, 2007, when the Tigers did it with Gary Sheffield (co-winner), Justin Verlander and Carlos Guillen.