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Jorge Cantu of the Florida Marlins named the National League Player of the Week presented by Bank of America
05/04/2009 2:35 PM ET

Florida Marlins first baseman Jorge Cantu, who tied for the Major League lead with 14 RBI, has been named National League Player of the Week presented by Bank of America for the period ending May 3. Bank of America is the Official Bank of Major League Baseball and the only place where you can get your favorite Club logo on checks, check cards or credit cards. For more information on MLB® banking, visit bankofamerica.com/MLB.

Last week, Cantu led the National League with 14 RBI and 22 total bases and tied for the N.L.'s top mark with four home runs. The 27-year-old hit .346 (9-26) with a double and six runs scored while recording a slugging percentage of .846 and an on-base percentage of .433. On April 28 at New York, Jorge connected for two home runs for the seventh time in his career. The five RBI tied a career-best (last done on 7/21/06 vs. Baltimore as a member of the Rays). Cantu went deep again on April 29 at New York and April 30 at Chicago for a three-game homer streak. During the week, Cantu recorded three multi-RBI games. He represented Team Mexico in the World Baseball Classic in both 2006 and 2009.

Other nominees this past week included Atlanta's Omar Infante (.500, 9 H, 3 RBI); New York's Alex Cora (.400, 1 3B, 2 RBI) and Daniel Murphy (.417, 2 HR, 4 RBI); Philadelphia's Pedro Feliz (.471, 1 HR, 4 RBI), Raul Ibanez (.500, 3 HR, 9 RBI) and Chase Utley (.462, 3 HR, 5 RBI); Washington's Adam Dunn (.350, 3 HR, 6 RBI), Anderson Hernandez (.450, 5 2B, 4 RBI) and Ryan Zimmerman (.375, 3 HR, 6 RBI); Chicago's Mike Fontenot (.333, 4 HR, 8 RBI), Ryan Theriot (.300, 2 HR, 7 RBI) and Carlos Zambrano (2-0, 3.75 ERA, 6 SO); Cincinnati's Bronson Arroyo (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 4 SO) and Edinson Vólquez (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 6 SO); Milwaukee's Mike Cameron (.304, 2 HR, 6 RBI), Rickie Weeks (.607 SLG, 2 HR, 7 RBI) and Yovani Gallardo (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 11 SO); last week's winner, Albert Pujols (.400, 2 HR, 4 RBI) of the Cardinals; Arizona's Justin Upton (.346, 2 HR, 7 RBI), Doug Davis (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 7 SO) and Dan Haren (2-0, 1.59 ERA, 21 SO); Colorado's Todd Helton (.478, 1 HR, 7 RBI) and Jason Marquis (1-0, 1.00 ERA, 4 SO); Orlando Hudson (.300, 1 HR, 7 RBI) and Manny Ramirez (.421, 1 HR, 2 RBI) of the Dodgers; and San Francisco's Randy Johnson (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 9 SO).

Tourneau, the world's largest watch store, will award Jorge Cantu with a luxury Swiss Timepiece, suitably engraved, in recognition of his accomplishment as the National League Player of the Week presented by Bank of America.

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