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Boone named NL Player of Week
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05/12/2003  6:31 PM ET 
Boone named NL Player of Week
By Chris Haft / MLB.com Vote now for the 2003 All-Star game
In seven games, Boone led the Majors with five home runs, 10 RBIs and a 1.174 slugging pct. (AP Photo)
2003 Player of the Week winners

CINCINNATI -- Aaron Boone insists he's not a power hitter, but he certainly looked like one during the last few days.

As a result, Boone captured the National League's Pepsi Player of the Week award for the week of May 5-11.

In seven games, Boone led the Major Leagues with five home runs, 10 RBIs and a 1.174 slugging percentage. He also hit .391 (9-for-23) with three doubles and eight runs scored. The third baseman delivered all of his homers in Cincinnati's four-game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals, who led the Central Division when they arrived at Great American Ball Park to begin the series.

"I don't want to explain it," Boone said. "I've just been getting some good pitches to hit lately. And I've been hitting mistakes."

Boone began his week in dramatic fashion, slugging a ninth-inning home run that broke a 4-4 tie and gave the Reds a 5-4 victory in Monday's series opener against St. Louis. He homered again in his first at-bat on Wednesday.

Boone highlighted his week and the series in Thursday's finale against the Cardinals, lining three home runs in four at-bats as the Reds prevailed, 8-6. It was Boone's second career three-homer game, matching a feat he achieved last Aug. 9 against San Diego.

"I definitely don't think I'm a home-run hitter," said Boone, who also was named Player of the Week for Sept. 7-12, 1999. "Obviously, I'm going to hit some, but don't get used to this."

For winning the award, Boone will receive a Tourneau luxury Swiss timepiece.

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to approval by Major League Baseball or its clubs.



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