Lincecum, Willingham share weekly honor
Right-hander, outfielder named NL co-Players of the Week
Mark Twain's famous advisory aside, East indeed met West for the National League Player of the Week presented by Bank of America as San Francisco right-hander Tim Lincecum and Washington outfielder Josh Willingham were named co-recipients for the period through Sunday.
Lincecum's platform for his first weekly award was going 2-0 without allowing an earned run in the two starts and notching 23 strikeouts in 17 innings.
In his July 27 victory over the Pirates, the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner fanned 15, only the third Giants pitcher since 1958 to reach that plateau. Eight more strikeouts on Saturday against the Phillies -- his 10th consecutive game with eight-plus Ks -- raised Lincecum's Major League-leading total to 191.
Willingham's contributions were highlighted by 11 RBIs, as he went 10-for-23 (.435) with three homers among his five extra-base hits.
The highlight of the 30-year-old's week -- if not his career -- was becoming the 13th in big league history to club two grand slams in one game, on July 27 in Milwaukee.
This is Willingham's initial weekly award, too.
Other top performance during the week were by Arizona's Mark Reynolds (four homers); Atlanta reliever Rafael Soriano (two saves); Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez (.455, eight RBIs); Colorado's Troy Tulowitzki (.458, two homers, six RBIs); Brendan Donnelly (2-0, 3.00 ERA, 6 strikeouts) of the Marlins; Houston's Miguel Tejada (.345, eight RBIs); the Brewers' Ryan Braun (19 total bases); Mets southpaw Johan Santana (1-0, 0.00 ERA); the Pirates' Andrew McCutchen (.333, three homers); scalding new Cardinal Matt Holliday (13-for-26, three homers, seven RBIs); San Francisco's Eugenio Velez (.444); and Willingham's Nationals partner in offensive crime Ryan Zimmerman (.440, three homers, eight RBIs).
Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.