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09/28/09 2:48 PM ET
Votto earns NL Player of Week honor
Slugging first baseman led Reds' run with doubles barrage
By Tom Singer / MLB.com
Reds first baseman Joey Votto's sizzling week, during which he hit .560 to lead the league, has earned him honors as the National League Player of the Week presented by Bank of America for the period ending Sept. 27. Votto went 14-for-25 for streaking Cincinnati, with 10 of the hits doubles. That put him in position to also lead the NL with a slugging percentage of 1.080. The 10 doubles came in the five-game span, Tuesday-through-Saturday, a concentrated display not seen in 77 years. Hall of Fame outfielder Paul Waner did it for the Pirates in 1932. Waner was nicknamed "Big Poison," and Votto dispensed a little poison of his own to opponents as the Reds won five of six games, scoring 11 runs and driving in eight others to claim his first career weekly award. His 14 hits, 11 runs scored, 27 total bases and 10 doubles led the Majors in each category. Other performers considered for honors included Ryan Howard of the Phillies, whose 14 RBIs led the Major Leagues, Astros shortstop Miguel Tejada, who batted .522 (12-for-23), Philadelphia right-hander Joe Blanton (2-0) and Dodgers shortstop Rafael Furcal.