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05/26/2009 2:08 PM ET
Miguel Tejada of the Houston Astros named the National League Player of the Week presented by Bank of America
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Houston Astros shortstop Miguel Tejada, who led the National League with a .522 (12-23) batting average last week, has been named National League Player of the Week presented by Bank of America for the period ending Sunday, May 24. Bank of America is the Official Bank of Major League Baseball and the only place where you can get your favorite Club logo on checks, check cards or credit cards. For more information on MLB® banking, visit bankofamerica.com/MLB.

Tejada led the National League with 12 hits, a 1.043 slugging percentage and 24 total bases, and tied for the N.L. lead with six extra-base hits. The five-time All-Star added three doubles, three home runs, four RBI and five runs scored while posting a .542 on-base percentage. In a three-game Interleague set against the Texas Rangers from May 22nd-24th, the 35-year-old Tejada went 7-for-12 (.583) with a home run, one double and one RBI, including a 4-for-4 performance on May 24, his second four-hit game of the season. A native of Bani, Dominican Republic, Miguel collected four multi-hit games during the week and hit home runs in consecutive games on May 20th and May 21st against the Milwaukee Brewers. The 2002 American League Most Valuable Player currently has a season-high nine-game hitting streak and is just 25 hits shy of 2,000 for his career. On the season, Tejada is hitting .341 (60-176) with five home runs and 26 RBI. This is Miguel's sixth career weekly award and his first in the N.L (previously won on August 8, 1999; August 24, 2003; July 25, 2004; September 26, 2004; and April 23, 2006).

Other nominees last week included Tejada's Astros' teammate Hunter Pence (.500, 4 RBI); Arizona's Mark Reynolds (.357, 4 HR, 9 RBI) and Justin Upton (.355, 3 HR, 7 RBI); Atlanta's Brian McCann (.400, 2 HR, 5 RBI) and Kenshin Kawakami (1-0, 0.00 ERA); Cincinnati's Alex Gonzalez (.450, 4 RBI) and Brandon Phillips (.368, 2 3B, 7 RBI); Colorado's Todd Helton (.321, 2 HR, 10 RBI), Dexter Fowler (.360, 3 2B, 2 3B), Aaron Cook (1-0, 0.00 ERA) and Jason Marquis (2-0, 1.72 ERA); Florida's Jeremy Hermida (.323, 3 RBI) and Dan Uggla (.280, 4 HR, 9 RBI); Casey Blake (.500, 5 RBI) of the Dodgers; Milwaukee's Ryan Braun (.400, 1 2B, 1 3B) and Prince Fielder (.290, 7 RBI); Philadelphia's Raul Ibañez (.320, 4 HR, 8 RBI); Pittsburgh's Andy LaRoche (.429, 5 RBI); Joel Pineiro (1-1, 1.69 ERA) of the Cardinals; San Diego's Chris Young (2-0, 2.08 ERA, 10 SO); San Francisco's Aaron Rowand (.417, 2 HR, 1 2B), Matt Cain (1-0, 1.00 ERA) and Randy Winn (.400, 3 2B); and Washington's Adam Dunn (3 HR, 9 RBI).

Tourneau, the world's largest watch store, will award Miguel Tejada with a luxury Swiss Timepiece, suitably engraved, in recognition of his accomplishment as the National League Player of the Week presented by Bank of America.

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