Gonzalez staying level-headed after hot week at plate

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Gonzalez staying level-headed after hot week at plate

ARLINGTON, Texas -- First baseman Adrian Gonzalez was named American League Player of the Week for the period covering July 16-22.

Gonzalez hit .429 (12-for-28) with three homers and 12 RBI while scoring five runs.

It's the sixth time in his career that Gonzalez has been so honored. He's hit safely in 25 of his last 27 games, batting .397 in that span, including a major league-best .538 with runners in scoring position.

"I'm going to have the same mentality at any time, whether I'm doing good or bad," said Gonzalez. "I understand it's a long season. It's not how you start or how you finish; it's the season as a whole. You're going to have great weeks and you're going to have bad weeks. That's part of the game.

"Hopefully, I'm going to have more good than bad."

Gonzalez was at a loss to explain how his hitting turned around in the last month.

"The game is the game," he shrugged. "Sometimes it clicks and sometimes it doesn't. Nobody's got the answer, I promise you that. I already understand that. I just stay the same all the way through."

With the trade deadline a week away, Gonzalez was asked what the attitude was in the clubhouse with regard to getting some outside help.

"All we can focus on is going out and playing the game today," he said. "That's all we can control. That's what, I'm pretty sure, everyone in (the clubhouse) is focused on. We're not focused on the trade deadline. I don't even know what today is, to be honest with you."