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08/31/2009 3:24 PM ET
Ryan Howard of the Philadelphia Phillies named the National League Player of the Week presented by Bank of America
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Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard, who notched two multi-homer games last week, has been named National League Player of the Week presented by Bank of America for the period ending August 30th. 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.

In seven games last week, Howard hit .393 (11-28) and led the Majors with five home runs, 12 RBI, 28 total bases and 1.000 slugging percentage. On August 26th, the left-handed slugger slammed a walk-off, three-run home run in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the first-place Phillies a 4-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citizens Bank Park. On August 28th, the 2006 N.L. MVP homered twice for three RBI en route to a 4-2 victory over the N.L. East Division rival Atlanta Braves. This marked his second multi-homer game of the week, his fifth of the season and the 22nd of his career. On the season, the twotime All-Star is hitting .273 with 29 doubles, three triples, 37 home runs, 84 runs scored and 111 RBI. This is the 29-year-old's fourth consecutive season with at least 30 homers and 100 RBI, tying Hall-of-Famer Chuck Klein for the most in franchise history. This marks Ryan's fifth career weekly award and his second this season (previous: 6/1/09).

Other noteworthy performances for the week include St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright, who posted a perfect 2-0 record and a 0.64 ERA, and Chicago Cubs right fielder Milton Bradley, who posted a Major League-best .545 batting average. Also considered were Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder, who notched three home runs and nine RBI, and his Brewers teammate Jason Kendall, who tied for the Major League-lead with four stolen bases. Notable performances also included San Francisco's Tim Lincecum, who went 1-0 with eight strikeouts while posting a 0.00 ERA.

Tourneau, the world's largest watch store, will award Ryan Howard 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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