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04/18/2011 4:29 PM ET
Lance Berkman of the St. Louis Cardinals named the National League Player of the Week
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St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Lance Berkman has been named the National League Player of the Week for the period ending April 17th.

In six games last week, Berkman batted .417 (10-for-24) and was tops in the Major Leagues with six home runs, 12 RBI and a 1.167 slugging percentage. The switch-hitting Texan's 28 total bases ranked second in the National League while his nine runs scored were third-best. After going homerless with a single RBI through his first eight games of the season, Berkman went deep twice and drove in three runs on Monday, April 11th to cap an 8-2 Cardinals victory over the Diamondbacks at Chase Field. On Wednesday the 13th, the veteran slugger clubbed his sixth career grand slam and collected five RBI, as the Redbirds took the rubber match of a three-game set with the D-backs, 15-5. On Friday, the five-time All-Star notched his second multi-home run performance of the week (27th-career), going 2-for-4 with two homers in an 11-2 win at Los Angeles. Berkman, who homered in consecutive at-bats in the second and fourth innings, and Albert Pujols, who homered in consecutive at-bats in the fifth and seventh innings, became the first pair of Cardinals in franchise history to each go deep in consecutive at-bats in the same game. The 16th overall selection in the 1997 First-Year Player Draft (by the Houston Astros) out of Rice University now has 333 career home runs, which ranks fifth all-time among switch-hitters. This marks Berkman's fifth career N.L. Player of the Week honor, and his first since 2008, when he was a member of the Astros.

Other noteworthy performances this week included Berkman's Cardinals teammates, left fielder Matt Holliday (.407, 11 H, 6 RBI), first baseman Albert Pujols (.344, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 11 H, 10 R), center fielder Colby Rasmus (.371, 13 H, HR, 5 2B), third baseman David Freese (.462, 12 H, HR, 6 RBI) and right hander Kyle McClellan (2-0, 1.38, 13.0 IP); outfielders Andre Ethier (.407, 11 H, 4 2B, .448 OBP) and Matt Kemp (.520, 2 HR, 8 RBI, .800 SLG) of the Los Angeles Dodgers; Cincinnati Reds outfielders Jonny Gomes (.292, 4 HR, 6 RBI, .833 SLG) and Drew Stubbs (.360, 2 HR, 6 RBI, .640 SLG) along with first baseman Joey Votto (.429, .571 SLG, .538 OBP); Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro (.536, 15 H, 7 R, .552 OBP); Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (.519, 4 HR, 14 H, 8 RBI, 1.074 SLG) and right-handed starter Jhoulys Chacin (1-0, CG, SHO, 0.00, 7 SO); Washington's Livan Hernandez (2-0, 1.32, 13.2 IP, 9 SO, 0 BB); Marlins ace Josh Johnson (1-0, 9 SO, 7.1 IP); Philadelphia's Cliff Lee (1-0, 0.00, CG, SHO, 12 SO); and Giants closer Brian Wilson (0.00, 4 SV, 3.1 IP, 5 SO).

The National League Player of the Week, Lance Berkman, will be awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, available at MLB.com.
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