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Cameron Maybin, Justin Upton named co-winners of the National League Player of the Week07/25/2011 3:47 PM ET
San Diego Padres center fielder Cameron Maybin and Arizona Diamondbacks right fielder Justin Upton, a pair of first round selections in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft, have been named co-winners of the National League Player of the Week Award for the period of July 18-24, 2011.
In six games last week, Maybin led the Majors with eight stolen bases, tied for the M.L. lead with 14 hits, ranked first among National Leaguers with a .538 (14-for-26) batting average and a .556 on-base percentage, and second in the N.L. with eight runs scored. On Sunday, July 24th, the 24-year-old set a franchise record by stealing a base in his sixth consecutive game, breaking the previous mark of five set by current Padres first base coach Dave Roberts (2006) and former Padre outfielder Alan Wiggins (1983). On July 21st, Maybin tied a career-best with four hits, adding two stolen bases and two runs-scored, in a 5-3 win at Florida. The 4-for-5 effort was his third four-hit game of the season, which is the most by any center fielder in the Majors this season. The 10th overall selection in 2005 is off to a .422 (19-for-44) second-half start, having hit safely in a career-high 10 consecutive games since the All-Star break. This is his first career weekly award.
In seven games last week, Upton led the Majors with 11 RBI, 27 total bases, a 1.000 slugging percentage and five doubles, while tying Maybin for first in hits (14). The 2011 All-Star's .519 (14-for-27) batting average ranked second in the N.L., as did his .552 on-base percentage. The first overall pick in 2005 matched a career-high with six RBI in Saturday's 12-3 win over visiting Colorado after connecting for his second career grand slam in the seventh inning. He followed up his six-RBI day with a 4-for-5, three-RBI effort on Sunday, helping the D-backs to a 7-0 win in the rubber match of the three-game set with the Rockies at Chase Field. With the four-hit performance, the 23- year-old improved his home batting average to .342 (66-for-193) this season, which is the second-highest in the N.L. This is his second career weekly award, both of which have been earned this season, having won previously for the week of June 13th-19th.
Other noteworthy performances last week included Upton's D-back teammates Miguel Montero (.421, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 6 R, .895 SLG) and Josh Collmenter (2-0, 1.80 ERA, 11 SO, 15.0 IP); Milwaukee's Yuniesky Betancourt (.423, 11 H, 2 HR) and Ryan Braun (.421, 4 HR, 6 RBI); Florida's Emilio Bonifacio (.346, 7 R, .452 OBP, 5 SB) and Gaby Sanchez (.346, 3 HR, 9 H, .769 SLG); Colorado's Dexter Fowler (.400, 10 H, .500 OBP, 6 R, 2 SB) and Troy Tulowitzki (.393, 11 H, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 5 R); Houston's Carlos Lee (.429, 9 H, .538 OBP); Washington's Mike Morse (.458, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 11 H, .875 SLG); San Francisco's Madison Bumgarner (2-0, 2.30, 15 SO, 15.2 IP) and Ryan Vogelsong (2-0, 1.54, 8 SO, 11.2 IP); Philadelphia's Cole Hamels (1-0, 1.13 ERA, 10 SO, 8.0 IP); and Clayton Kershaw (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 12 SO, 8.0 IP) of the Dodgers.
As co-winners of the National League Player of the Week Award, Cameron Maybin and Justin Upton will be awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, available at MLB.com.
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