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Pirates Third Baseman Pedro Alvarez named Bank of America Presents the National League Player of the Week
09/27/2010 4:12 PM ET

Pittsburgh Pirates rookie third baseman Pedro Alvarez has been named Bank of America Presents the National League Player of the Week for the period of September 20-26, 2010. Bank of America, the Official Bank of Major League Baseball, is the presenting sponsor of the National League and American League Player of the Week Awards, which reflect Bank of America's long-standing tradition of promoting and recognizing higher standards of accomplishment.

In six games last week, Alvarez batted .417 (10-24) with two home runs and a Major League-leading 13 RBI. The slugger led the National League with 20 total bases, tied for the N.L. lead with four doubles, and also ranked among leaders in hits (10) and slugging percentage (.833). Alvarez recorded a .400 on-base percentage with four runs scored and hit safely in every game last week, including three multi-hit efforts. On Wednesday, September 22nd, the Vanderbilt University product went 2-for-5 with a double, a home run, and four RBI, leading the Pirates to an 11-6 win over the visiting Cardinals. On Saturday, September 25th, Alvarez clubbed a home run and drove in three as the Pirates defeated the Astros, 6-4. In Sunday's rubber-match of the three-game set with Houston, Alvarez powered the Bucs to a 9-3 win, going 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI. The 23-year-old native of New York City has reached base safely in 14 straight games and in 24 of his last 25 (dating back to August 30th). Alvarez, the second overall choice of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, ranks among Major League rookie leaders with 13 home runs (8th) and 56 RBI (T-8th) on the year since being called up in June. This is the first career weekly award for Alvarez, who joins fellow rookies David Freese, Stephen Strasburg, Buster Posey and Mike Stanton as a winner of the N.L.'s weekly honors this year. The last Pirate to win the award was Alvarez's teammate, catcher Ryan Doumit, who won for the week of June 9-15, 2008. Other nominees this past week included Alvarez's teammates Andrew McCutchen (.421, 9 R, .500 OBP) and Paul Maholm (2-0, 1.93, 11 SO, 14.0 IP); Carlos Beltran (.450, 3 HR, 1.000 SLG) and Ike Davis (.474, 9 H, 4 R, .524 OBP) of the Mets; Milwaukee's Ryan Braun (.333, 2 HR, 9 RBI, .762 SLG) and Rickie Weeks (.423, 11 H, .531 OBP, 10 R); Arizona's Stephen Drew (.389, 2 HR, 2 3B, 1.000 SLG), Kelly Johnson (.440, 4 HR, .800 SLG) and Juan Gutierrez (2.70, 4 SV, 4 SO); Albert Pujols (.409, 3 HR, 9 RBI, .909 SLG) of the Cardinals; San Francisco's Cody Ross (.381, 3 HR, 5 RBI, .857 SLG) and Tim Lincecum (1-0, 1.13, 9 SO, 8.0 IP); Cincinnati's Joey Votto (.417, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 1.167 SLG) and Edinson Volquez (1-0, 1.13, 6 SO, 8.0 IP); Houston's J.A. Happ (0-1, 0.00, 10 SO, 12 IP); Philadelphia's Brad Lidge (0.00, 4 SV, 4 SO, 4.0 IP); and Florida's Chris Volstad (2-0, 0.00, CG, 15.2 IP).

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