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Rizzo earns Player of the Week honors

7/21/2014

CHICAGO -- Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo followed up his first All-Star appearance by being named National League Player of the Week.

Despite the Cubs getting swept by the Arizona Diamondbacks, Rizzo hit three home runs while going 5-for-11 with 14 total bases. He is tied for the National League lead in homers with 23 going into games on Monday. That also ties his career high for a season set last year.

This is Rizzo’s first career Player of the Week award and the first for a Cubs hitter since Starlin Castro earned it in August 2011.

Overall, Rizzo is batting .281 with 23 home runs and 53 RBIs this season.

In recognition of the award, Rizzo will be given a watch courtesy of Game Time.