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09/07/2010 4:10 PM ET
Houston Astros Outfielder Hunter Pence Named Bank of America Presents the National League Player of the Week
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Houston Astros outfielder Hunter Pence has been named Bank of America Presents the National League Player of the Week for the period of August 30 - September 5, 2010. 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 long-standing tradition of promoting and recognizing higher standards of accomplishment.

Pence tied for the N.L. lead with nine RBI during the week and ranked third with a .500 (11-for-22) batting average. In addition, the 27-year-old slugger ranked second in slugging percentage (.909), third in total bases (20) and fourth in on-base percentage (.542). Hunter added two home runs, five runs scored, a double and a triple, and posted three multi-RBI contests. The Fort Worth, Texas native also hit safely in each of his six games played, and recorded multiple hits in five of the six. On September 1st against the N.L. Central Division rival St. Louis Cardinals, Pence went 2-for-2 with a home run, three RBI, two walks and a stolen base as he led the Astros to a 5-2 win and a three-game sweep over St. Louis. On September 5th at Arizona, the 2004 second round pick out of the University of Texas-Arlington connected for a three-run home run in the first inning and finished the game 2-for-4 in Houston's 3-2 victory over the Diamondbacks. The 2009 N.L. All-Star is batting .290 on the season with 22 home runs and 80 RBI while leading the Astros with 44 multi-hit games. This marks the second career weekly award for Pence (previous: May 14-20, 2007).

Other nominees this past week included Colorado's Carlos Gonzalez (.517, 15 H, 5 RBI); Neal Walker (.481, 5 2B, 8 R) of the Pirates; Florida's Hanley Ramirez (.444, .600 OBP, 8 R); Adam Dunn (.471, .941 SLG, 7 RBI) of the Nationals; Atlanta's Jair Jurrjens (2-0, 2.13 ERA, 15 SO); Pence's Astros teammate J.A. Happ (2-0, 1.13 ERA, 11 SO); Carlos Zambrano (2-0, 1.46 ERA, 15 SO) of the Cubs; and San Francisco's Brian Wilson (1.80 ERA 4 SV).

The Bank of America Presents the National League Player of the Week, Hunter Pence, is awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, available at MLB.com.

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