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04/04/2011 4:33 PM ET
Starlin Castro, Jaime Garcia named co-winners of the National League Player of the Week Award
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Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro and St. Louis Cardinals left-handed pitcher Jaime Garcia have been named co-winners of the National League Player of the Week Award for the period ending April 3rd.

Castro led the Major Leagues with a .615 (8-for-13) batting average and a .643 on-base percentage through baseball's opening week. His eight hits were also tops in the Majors while his 1.000 slugging percentage and 13 total bases led the National League. On Friday, April 1st, the 21-year-old began his sophomore campaign with a 3-for-5 effort in his first career Opening Day start. On Saturday, April 2nd, Castro ignited a five-run rally with an RBI double in the bottom of the eighth, helping the Cubs defeat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-3 for their first win of the season. The Dominican Republic native went 3-for-4 with two triples on Sunday's series finale, marking his third multi-hit performance in as many games.

On Sunday, April 3rd, Garcia tossed a four-hit, complete-game shutout and earned the win as the Cards bested the visiting San Diego Padres, 2-0, at Busch Stadium. The 24-year-old native of Mexico worked efficiently, facing just four batters over the minimum and throwing 102 pitches while striking out nine and walking two. This marks the first career N.L. Player of the Week Award for both Castro and Garcia.

Other nominees this past week included Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun (.364, 2 HR, .909 SLG); Reds catcher Ryan Hanigan (2 HR, 5 H, 4 RBI) and outfielder Drew Stubbs (.455, .538 OBP, 5 H, 4 R); Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard (.455, 7 H, HR, .846 SLG, 6 RBI) and shortstop Jimmy Rollins (.500, 6 H, 4 R, .571 OBP); outfielder Matt Kemp (.417, 5 H, HR, 2 2B, .533 OBP), left-handed pitcher Clayton Kershaw (1-0, 0.00, 7.0 IP, 9 SO) and reliever Jonathan Broxton (3 saves) of the Los Angeles Dodgers; Braves catcher Brian McCann (.462, 6 H, 5 RBI); Giants second baseman Freddy Sanchez (.467, 7 H, 3 R); Marlins first baseman Gaby Sanchez (.462, 6 H, 3 2B); Pirates outfielder Jose Tabata (.455, 5 R, 5 H); and Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey (1-0, 0 ER, 7 SO, 6.0 IP).

The co-winners of the National League Player of the Week, Starlin Castro and Jaime Garcia, are each awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, available at MLB.com.

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