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06/22/2009 2:44 PM ET
Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals named the National League Player of the Week presented by Bank of America
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St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols, who scored his 1,000th career run during the week and posted a two-homer, six-RBI day at Kansas City on Sunday, has been named National League Player of the Week presented by Bank of America for the period ending June 21st. 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.

Last week Pujols led the N.L. with a 1.111 slugging percentage and tied for first with four home runs and 11 RBI. In winning his second weekly award of 2009 (previous: 4/26), the 29-year-old batted .389 (7-18), posted a .522 on-base percentage, scored six runs and added a double. The two homers hit by MLB's all-time leading hitter in Interleague Play (.349) on Sunday included a grand slam as the Cards completed a sweep of the Royals, earning Tony La Russa his 2,500th career managerial victory. The grand slam was the third of his season and the ninth in the career of the seven-time N.L. All-Star, tying the club record of the legendary Stan Musial. With 2,934,794 votes, the two-time N.L. Most Valuable Player is currently the leading vote-getter in balloting for the 80th All-Star Game, to be played on July 14th at his home ballpark, Busch Stadium. Pujols (.329, N.L. bests: 56 R, 26 HR, 68 RBI, .722 SLG, .448 OBP), an official spokesman for MLB's All-Star FanFest from July 10th-14th in St. Louis, already ranks sixth on the club's all-time runs scored list.

Other nominees last week included Pujols' Cardinals teammate Khalil Greene (.500, 3 HR, 5 RBI); Arizona's Justin Upton (.458, 1 HR, 5 RBI), the brother of this week's recipient of the American League Player of the Week presented by Bank of America, B.J. Upton of the Tampa Bay Rays; Atlanta's Nate McLouth (.308, 2 HR, 7 RBI); Kevin Gregg (2-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 SV) of the Cubs; Cincinnati's Brandon Phillips (.350, 1 HR, 4 RBI); Colorado's Clint Barmes (.304, 2 HR, 7 RBI); Florida's Josh Johnson (1-0, 1.29 ERA, 5 SO); Houston's Jose Valverde (3 SV, 0.00 ERA, 4 SO); Clayton Kershaw (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 13 SO) of the Dodgers; Milwaukee's Prince Fielder (.391, 2 HR, 11 RBI); Brian Schneider (.357, 2 HR, 8 RBI) of the Mets; Philadelphia's Shane Victorino (.526, 3 2B); Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen (.345, 3 3B, 6 RBI); San Francisco's Pablo Sandoval (.455, 2 HR, 4 RBI); and Washington's Nick Johnson (.381, 3 RBI).

Tourneau, the world's largest watch store, will award Albert Pujols 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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