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07/05/2011 3:44 PM ET
Aramis Ramirez of the Chicago Cubs named the National League Player of the Week
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Chicago Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez has been named the National League Player of the Week for the period of June 27-July 3, 2011. The announcement was made earlier today on MLB Network.

In eight games last week, the two-time National League All-Star (2005 and 2008) batted .393 (11-for-28) and led the Majors with six home runs, 10 RBI, a 1.071 slugging percentage and 30 total bases. The 33-year-old veteran also ranked among N.L. leaders with nine runs scored (T-1st) and 11 hits (T-2nd). Ramirez started the week by logging his 24th career multi-home run effort on June 27th vs. Colorado, going 3-for-4 with two homers, a double, three RBI and three runs scored in a 7-3 Cubs victory. On Thursday, June 30th, his game-tying blast in the bottom of the ninth against the San Francisco Giants helped the Cubs to an eventual 5-2 extra-inning victory in the rubber match of a three-game set with the Giants at Wrigley.

It was the second clutch hit of the series for the Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic-native, after hitting a walk-off, pinch-hit single in the ninth inning of Wednesday's game to give the Cubs a 2-1 win over the defending World Series Champs. On Friday, July 1st, in the first game of the three-game Interleague series at Wrigley against the Chicago White Sox, Ramirez hit his 300th career home run in the sixth inning to give the Cubs a 4-2 lead. On Sunday, July 3rd against the White Sox, Ramirez belted his sixth homer of the week (and fourth in his last six games), giving the North Siders a 3-0 lead in an eventual 3-1 victory over their cross-town rivals. The right-handed-hitting slugger is batting .295 (91-for-308) for the season with 12 home runs and is tied for the club lead with 44 RBI. This is his fourth career weekly award, having won previously for the weeks ending May 6, 2001 and July 24, 2005 (while with the Pittsburgh Pirates), and July 25, 2010.

Other noteworthy performances last week included 2011 National League All-Stars Heath Bell (0.00 ERA, 4.0 IP, 4 SV) of the San Diego Padres; Lance Berkman (.294, 4 HR, 7 RBI, 1.059 SLG) of the St. Louis Cardinals; and Jose Reyes (.579, 11 H, 4 R, 2 SB, .619 OBP) of the New York Mets. Other nominees included Colorado's Carlos Gonzalez (.464, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 9 R, 27 TB, .964 SLG, 2 SB) and Todd Helton (.458, 11 H, 2 2B, 5 RBI); Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen (.393, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 11 H, .857 SLG); San Francisco's Nate Schierholtz (.458, 11 H, 4 RBI, 5 R, .536 OBP) and Barry Zito (2-0, 1.38 ERA, 13.0 IP); Atlanta's Craig Kimbrel (0.00 ERA, 4.0 IP, 4 SV, 9 SO) and Florida's Ricky Nolasco (1-0, 0.00 ERA, CG, SHO).

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

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