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05/02/2011 4:23 PM ET
Lance Berkman of the St. Louis Cardinals Named the National League Player of the Week
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St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Lance Berkman has been named the National League Player of the Week for the period ending May 1, 2011.

Berkman hit .458 (11-for-24) in six games last week, which was tied for second-best in the National League. The switch-hitter's 20 total bases ranked first in the N.L., while his .833 slugging percentage placed second and his eight RBI and 11 hits were both tied for second. The five-time All-Star clubbed two homers and three doubles during the week while compiling a .480 on-base percentage. In his first series as a visitor at Houston's Minute Maid Park, where he played parts of 11 seasons as a member of the Astros, he went a combined 8-for-14 with seven RBI and three runs scored over three games. On April 28th, in the rubber-match of the series, the Waco, Texas native went 4-for-5 with two homers (one from each side of the plate) and five RBI to lead the Redbirds to an 11-7 victory. The multi-home run performance was Berkman's third of year, making him the first Cards' player to have three multi-home run games in the team's first 25 games of the season. It was the third time in Berkman's career that he's homered from both sides of the plate (also 7/3/06 and 4/13/06). On Sunday, the Big Puma had his fourth multi-hit performance of the week, going 2-for-4 as the Cards fell to the Braves, 6-5. The multi-hit effort was the eighth in his past 10 games. Berkman currently ranks second in the Majors with a .398 batting average and is tied for fourth with eight homers on the year. This is his second weekly award of the 2011 campaign, having won previously for the week ending April 17th.

Other noteworthy performances last week included Berkman's teammates, left fielder Matt Holliday (.458, 11H, .708 SLG, .536 OBP) and third baseman David Freese (.400, 8 H, .455 OBP); Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun (.292, 3 HR, 5 RBI, .750 SLG); Reds right fielder Jay Bruce (3 HR, 5 RBI, 2 SB, 6 R) and second baseman Brandon Phillips (.375, 9 H, 7 RBI, 2 HR); Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond (.389, 7 H, 6 R, .778 SLG, .421 OBP), right fielder Jayson Werth (.375, 9 H, 3 2B, .483 OBP) and starting pitcher Jason Marquis (1-0, 0.00 ERA, CG, SHO, 7 SO); Dodgers right fielder Andre Ethier (.364, .591 SLG, .440 OBP, 8 H), who extended his career-best hitting streak to 27 games on Sunday; Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard (.292, 3 HR, 9 RBI, .708 SLG), third baseman Placido Polanco (.444, 12 H, .448 OBP) and ace Roy Halladay (1-0, 1.00 ERA, CG, 8 SO 9.0 IP); Cubs left fielder Alfonso Soriano (.316, 4 HR, 6 RBI, 5 R, 1.000 SLG); Astros first baseman Brett Wallace (.611, 11 H, 3 2B, .778 SLG, .650 OBP) and starting pitcher Bud Norris (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 17 SO, 13.2 IP); Diamondbacks starter Ian Kennedy (1-0, 1.62 ERA, 16 SO, 16.2 IP); and Giants closer Brian Wilson (3 SV, 0.00 ERA, 4 SO, 3.0 IP).

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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