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08/14/2006 4:00 PM ET
Edwin Encarnacion of the Reds named Bank of America Presents the National League Player of the Week
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Cincinnati Reds third baseman Edwin Encarnacion, who led the league with four home runs, has been named Bank of America Presents the National League Player of the Week for August 7-13, 2006. 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 longstanding tradition of promoting and recognizing higher standards of accomplishment.

Encarnacion also led the league with 24 total bases and a .960 slugging percentage. He batted .440 (11-25), with seven runs, one double and eight RBI. The Dominican-born player put together a .533 on-base percentage and stole one base to help lead the Reds to within 1.5 games of first place in the Central Division. Edwin collected at least one hit in every game he played this week and currently has a 10-game hit-streak. Over that 10-game span he has raised his average from .281 to .302 on the year. The former prospect participated in Major League Baseball's All-Star Futures Game the last three seasons (2003-2005).

Other nominees included his Cincinnati teammates Scott Hatteberg (.433, 1HR, 3 RBI) and Chris Michalak (1-0, 1.35 ERA); Jimmy Rollins (.387, 3 HR, 9 RBI) and Ryan Howard (.400, 3 HR, 7 RBI) of the Phillies; Florida's Miguel Cabrera (.565, 1 HR, 8 RBI), Josh Johnson (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 6 SO), Ricky Nolasco (2-0, 3.29 ERA, 7 SO), Dan Uggla (.333, 3 HR, 4 RBI) and Josh Willingham (.500, 1 HR, 2 RBI); Albert Pujols (.385, 1 HR, 4 RBI), Chris Duncan (.429, 3 HR, 4 RBI) and Scott Spiezio (.316, 3 HR, 7 RBI) of the Cardinals; Colorado's Garrett Atkins (.250, 3 HR, 8 RBI), Brad Hawpe (.348, 2 HR, 3 RBI) and Matt Holliday (.370, 2 HR, 6 RBI); Brian McCann (.471, 1 HR, 5 RBI) and John Smoltz (1-0, 1.00 ERA, 1 CG, 8 SO) of the Braves; Houston's Lance Berkman (.375, 2 HR, 3 RBI) and Luke Scott (.450, 1 HR, 3 RBI); Zach Duke (1-0, 1.00 ERA, 1 CG, 7 SO) and Freddy Sanchez (.476, 5 2B, 5 RBI) of the Pirates; Chicago' s Juan Pierre (.407, 4 R, 3 SB) and Aramis Ramirez (.250, 3 HR, 9 RBI); Carlos Beltran (.412, 4 2B, 1 RBI) and Endy Chavez (.438, 1 2B, 2 RBI) of the Mets; Arizona's Chad Tracy (.444, 2 2B, 4 RBI); Omar Vizquel (.500, 2 2B, 2 RBI) of the Giants; San Diego's Mike Cameron (.368, 2 HR, 7 RBI); and Kenny Lofton (.455, 3 R, 3 SB), Greg Maddux (0-0, 1.29 ERA, 6 K), Brad Penny (2-0, 3.21 ERA, 11 SO) and Takashi Saito (2-0, 2.08 ERA, 2 SV) of the Dodgers.

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