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06/13/11 8:29 PM ET
Fielder powers his way to NL's weekly honor
By Joey Nowak and Adam McCalvy / MLB.com
CHICAGO -- If the Brewers keep piling up awards, they're going to need a bigger trophy case.
Prince Fielder won National League Player of the Week honors Monday for the second time this season after hitting an NL-best .500 (10-for-20) last week and leading the Majors with six home runs, a 1.500 slugging percentage, a .643 on-base percentage and 30 total bases. His 13 RBIs were tied for the best in baseball during the span.
Fielder had four multihit performances and homered in five of Milwaukee's seven games.
He also won the award for April 4-10. Teammate Ryan Braun (April 18-24) won it earlier this season, and he also was the NL Player of the Month for April. If Fielder keeps up his current pace, Fielder would be a candidate for June, though his focus was elsewhere.
"I'm just glad the team is playing good baseball and we're winning," Fielder said on Monday. "That makes it that much better. ... Usually, when you have a lot of guys being successful [individually], it means you're winning."
He homered and scored two runs in Milwaukee's 5-3 win against St. Louis on Saturday, and went 2-for-3 with a go-ahead, 440-foot home run in the series finale on Sunday to help the Brewers sweep the Cardinals and move into first place in the NL Central.
The two-time All-Star's 58 RBIs entering Monday ranked first among NL hitters, while his 19 home runs ranked second.
It is the 27-year-old's fourth weekly honor of his career. Braun (.333 average, home run, six RBIs, seven runs) also was considered this week. Brewers right-hander Zack Greinke (2-0 record, 3.21 ERA, 15 strikeouts, 14 innings pitched) was in the running for the NL Pitcher of the Week Award, an honor Shaun Marcum captured May 16-22.
"They are individual awards, but it does tell you what's going on with your team," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "If you have a lot of guys doing it, you know there's always something positive going on in your games."
The Brewers, winners of eight of their last 10 games, were back in action on Monday against the Cubs.