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08/31/09 3:49 PM ET
Howard named NL Player of the Week
Phils slugger racks up five taters, two multihomer games
By Tom Singer / MLB.com
Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard, who has been on an extended tear punctuated by a pair of multihomer games last week, is the selection as National League Player of the Week presented by Bank of America for the period ending Sunday. Howard's report card for the week's seven games: 11-for-28 (.393), with 12 RBIs and five homers -- two each on Aug. 24 against the Mets and on Friday against Atlanta. Those gave Howard five multihomer games for the season, and 22 in his career. With 37 homers and 111 RBIs, Howard has already posted a fourth straight 30-100 season, tying the franchise record of Hall of Famer Chuck Klein. The weekly honor is the fifth for Howard, who previously earned it this season for the week ending June 1. Other notable performers considered for the award were: Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright (2-0, 0.64 ERA); Cubs outfielder Milton Bradley (MLB-leading .545 average); Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum (shutout in his only start of the week); and Milwaukee teammates Prince Fielder (three homers, nine RBIs) and Jason Kendall (four stolen bases).
Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.