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Yunel Escobar of the Atlanta Braves named the National League Player of the Week presented by Bank of America
07/20/2009 1:14 PM ET

Atlanta Braves shortstop Yunel Escobar, who led the National League with eight RBI and 16 total bases, has been named National League Player of the Week presented by Bank of America for the period ending July 19th. 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.

In four games, Escobar tied for the N.L. lead with two home runs and three doubles. The 26-year-old batted .500 (7-14), posted a 1.143 slugging percentage and a .563 on-base percentage, along with four runs scored. On Sunday, the native of Havana, Cuba went 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBI in a 7-1 home win over the New York Mets. Escobar (.303, 9 HR, team-high 52 RBI) also recorded a three-hit, three-RBI game on July 17th vs. New York. This marks Yunel's first career weekly award.

Other nominees this past week included Escobar's Braves' teammate Garret Anderson (.538, 1 HR, 2 RBI); Arizona's Miguel Montero (.583, 2 HR, 3 RBI); Alfonso Soriano (.400, 2 HR, 5 RBI) of the Cubs; Cincinnati's Edwin Encarnacion (.583, 2 HR, 6 RBI); Houston's Roy Oswalt (1-0, 1.00 ERA, 1 CG); Orlando Hudson (.538, 2 3B, 1 RBI) of the Dodgers; Milwaukee's Jason Kendall (.500, 6 H, 1 RBI); Johan Santana (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 5 SO) of the Mets; Philadelphia's Ryan Howard (.444, 1 HR, 1 RBI); Pittsburgh's Charlie Morton (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 6 SO); Chris Carpenter (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 7 SO) of the Cardinals; San Francisco's Brian Wilson (1 SV, 0.00 ERA, 3.0 IP); and Washington's Nyjer Morgan (.529, 9 H, 4 SB).

Tourneau, the world's largest watch store, will award Yunel Escobar 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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