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06/06/2011 3:32 PM ET
Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals named the National League Player of the Week
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St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols has been named the National League Player of the Week for the period of May 30-June 5, 2011. The announcement was made earlier today on MLB Network.

In seven games last week, Pujols hit .444 (12-for-27) and was tops in the Majors with five home runs, a 1.074 slugging percentage, 29 total bases and 11 runs scored while his 10 RBI ranked second. Pujols was also tied for the N.L. lead in hits (12) and walks (5), and had the third-highest on-base percentage (.545). The nine-time All-Star, who currently leads all N.L. first baseman in voting for the 2011 All-Star Game had five multi-hit performances during the week and factored heavily in the four wins for the N.L. Central-leading Cardinals. On May 31st, Pujols clubbed an RBI double and scored the game-tying run in the bottom of the eighth as the Cardinals edged the defending World Champion San Francisco Giants, 4-3 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. In the first game of a three-game set with the division-rival Cubs on June 3rd, "The Machine" went 2-for-3 with two RBI and hit his 100th-career Busch Stadium home run in a 6-1 rout. On Saturday, Pujols collected four RBI and homered twice, including a game-winning walk-off blast in the bottom of the 12th inning to deliver a 5-4 victory for the hometown Cardinals. The Dominican Republic native clubbed his second consecutive walk-off home run in Sunday's series finale, leading-off the bottom of the 10th inning with a 446-foot blast to break a 2-2 tie. The big fly, which was Pujols' 10th-career game-ending homer, marked the first time that a National Leaguer has hit walk-off home runs in consecutive games since Chicago's Ron Santo in 1966. The 31-year-old is currently ranked second in the N.L. with 42 runs scored this season while his 13 homers are tied for third. This marks his 11th career N.L. Player of the Week Award and his first since June 21, 2009.

Other noteworthy performances last week included Houston's Michael Bourn (.344, 11 H, 4 RBI, .400 OBP, 7 SB); Matt Kemp (.409, 4 HR, 13 RBI, .955 SLG, .500 OBP), Jamey Carroll (.364, 8 H, 7 R, .462 OBP) and Chad Billingsley (2-0, 3.75 ERA, 11 SO, 12.0 IP) of the Los Angeles Dodgers; Washington's Mike Morse (.357, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 10 H, .643 SLG); Daniel Murphy (.560, 14 H, .593 OBP) and Dillon Gee (2-0, 1.93 ERA, 10 SO, 14.0 IP) of the New York Mets; Florida's Gaby Sanchez (.370, 3 HR, 7 RBI, .741 SLG); Arizona's Justin Upton (.462, 12 H, 2 HR, 6 RBI, .731 SLG, 2 SB) and Joe Saunders (2-0, 2.77 ERA, 12 SO, 13.0 IP); Cincinnati's Joey Votto (.381, 2 HR, 7 RBI, .667 SLG); San Diego's Heath Bell (4 SV, 4 SO, 4.0 IP); Philadelphia's Roy Halladay (2-0, 3.86 ERA, 11 SO, 14.0 IP); and Colorado's Ubaldo Jimenez (1-0, 0.00 ERA, CG, SHO, 7 SO, 9.0 IP).

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

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