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Rolen named NL Player of Week06/14/2004 4:49 PM ET
By Jim Molony / MLB.com
St. Louis third baseman Scott Rolen, who hit four homers and drove in 10 runs last week to increase his Major League-leading RBI total to 67, was named National League Player of the Week for the week of June 7-13.
Rolen recorded nine hits, including a pair of doubles, in 23 at-bats for a .391 average and 23 total bases. He led the league with a 1.000 slugging percentage for the week.
"He's locked in, man," Albert Pujols said recently. "You throw him anything and he puts a good swing on it. And I'm really happy for him because he was concerned in Spring Training about his swing, but he got it right two weeks before we got out of spring.
Rolen scored six runs and had a .500 on-base percentage while helping the Cardinals, who have scored 49 runs in their last seven games, take over sole possession of first place in the National League Central Division.
"He just continues to play at the highest level," manager Tony La Russa said recently.
Rolen had twice previously won Player of the Week honors. He won it with Philadelphia for his play during the week of Aug. 6-12, 2001, and again with the Cardinals during the 2002 season (Sept. 16-22).
"I'm happy for him because he works hard," Pujols said. "He's one of the guys that deserves the numbers that he's putting up now, so he can get more recognition than he does. He's a better hitter than .280 or .290."
Other nominees included Phillies teammates Placido Polanco (.474, one HR, six RBI) and Jim Thome (.364, four HR, 11 RBI); Rockies teammates Todd Helton (.444, two HR, nine RBI) and Aaron Miles (.438, four 2B, four RBI); Derrek Lee of the Cubs (.433, seven 2B, two HR, nine RBI); Dodgers teammates Juan Encarnación (.364, two HR, two RBI) and Shawn Green (.435, one HR, four RBI) and pitchers Randy Johnson of the Diamondbacks (2-0, 2.08 ERA, 15 SO); Jerome Williams of the Giants (2-0, 2.51 ERA, six SO); Zach Day of the Expos (1-0, 0.00 ERA, one SHO) and Brad Lidge of the Astros (4.1 scoreless innings, nine SO).
Tourneau, the world's largest watch store, will present Rolen a Tourneau luxury Swiss timepiece from its Safari collection.
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