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Gonzalez wins weekly NL honors
06/07/2004 10:05 PM ET
PHOENIX -- Luis Gonzalez spent extra time in the batting cage working with hitting coach Rick Schu recently and the Diamondbacks left fielder was rewarded for his efforts Monday when he was named National League Player of the Week.

Gonzalez hit .577 (15-for-26) with five doubles and a triple during the week as the Diamondbacks went 4-3 on a homestand against division rivals San Francisco and Los Angeles.

"Working on slowing things down, taking more walks," Gonzalez said last week when asked about what he was working on with Schu. Gonzalez has seen fewer good pitches to hit since Richie Sexson went down with a season-ending injury.

It's the fourth time Gonzalez has won the award since joining the Diamondbacks in 1999. He also has two NL Player of the Month Awards on his resume from April and June 2001.

The week was quite a turnaround for Gonzalez, who batted .138 during an 18-game slump from May 11-30.

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