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09/19/2011 3:52 PM ET
Pablo Sandoval of the San Francisco Giants named National League Player of the Week
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San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval has been named National League Player of the Week for the period of September 12-18, 2011. The announcement was made earlier today on MLB Network.

In six games last week, Sandoval slugged a Major League-best 1.120 with 28 total bases while tying for the Major Leaguelead in RBI (10), home runs (4) and triples (2). The native of Puerto Cabello, Carabobo, Venezuela collected 11 hits last week, which was tied for third-most in the National League. Sandoval's .440 (11-for-25) batting average ranked fourth in the N.L. while his .481 on-base percentage ranked seventh. The switch-hiiting slugger's offensive contributions helped the Giants to a 6-0 record last week, pulling the defending World Champions to within 5.0 games of the N.L. West-leading Arizona Diamondbacks and 4.0 games behind the N.L. Wild Card-leading Atlanta Braves. On Tuesday, September 13th, Sandoval collected three hits with an RBI and a run scored in the Giants' 3-2, extra-inning victory over the visiting San Diego Padres. In Friday's series-opener at Colorado, Sandoval hit for the cycle, going 4-for-4 with two RBI, marking the 25th cycle in Giants franchise history and 10th in the San Francisco-era (since 1958). It was also the first time that a player has hit for a cycle against one pitcher since July 6, 1999, when Chris Singleton of the Chicago White Sox collected the four hits of his cycle off Kansas City Royals starter Jeff Suppan. On Sunday, September 18th, Sandoval crushed two home runs and a triple while driving in four in the series finale at Coors Field, leading the resurgent Giants to a 12-5 win and their seventh consecutive victory. Despite missing 40 games this season with a Hamate bone fracture, Sandoval leads the Giants with 22 home runs, 67 RBI and 31 multi-hit games. This is the 2011 N.L. All-Star's first career weekly award.

Other noteworthy performances last week included Sandoval's Giants teammate, Carlos Beltran (.467, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 14 H, 7 R, .900 SLG); Milwaukee's Ryan Braun (.455, 4 HR, 7 RBI, 10 H, 1.000 SLG, .455 OBP) and Prince Fielder (.412, 3 HR, .583 SLG, .524 OBP); Lucas Duda (.417, HR, 10 H, 6 R, .517 OBP) of the New York Mets; Atlanta's Alex Gonzalez (.478, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 11 H, 4 2B, .913 SLG); Matt Kemp (.385, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 7 R, .433 OBP), James Loney (.360, 2 HR, 10 RBI, .720 SLG) and rookie Jerry Sands (.556, HR, 7 RBI, 15 H, .778 SLG, .600 OBP) of the Los Angeles Dodgers; Philadelphia's Roy Halladay (1-0, 0.00 ERA, CG, SHO, 9.0 IP, 7 SO); Houston's Brett Myers (2-0, 1.15 ERA, 15.2 IP, 9 SO); Arizona's Joe Saunders (2-0, 1.15 ERA, 15.2 IP, 7 SO); Washington's Drew Storen (4 SV, 0.00 ERA, 5.0 IP, 7 SO); and Florida's Javier Vazquez (1-0, 0.00 ERA, CG, SHO, 9.0 IP, 7 SO).

In recognition of his National League Player of the Week Award, Pablo Sandoval will be awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, available at MLB.com.

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