Tejada rewarded for breakout week
NL Player of the Week posted .522 average for Astros
Astros shortstop Miguel Tejada's league-leading .522 average last week helped him earn the honor of being the National League Player of the Week presented by Bank of America for the period through Sunday.Tejada also topped the loop with his 12 hits, a 1.043 slugging percentage and 24 total bases. Revisiting the American League temporarily during weekend Interleague Play pumped up Tejada -- and his numbers. In Houston's three-game series against the Texas Rangers, he batted .583 (7-for-12), including a 4-for-4 performance on Sunday, his second four-hit game of the season. This is old hat to Tejada, who has earned the weekly award under each cap he has worn during his 13-year career -- twice with the A's and three times with the Orioles prior to this latest recognition, his first in the NL. "It means a lot," Tejada said. "When you receive any honors ... there's hundreds of players in the Major Leagues, and when you get that, you have to be proud."
The league's other award nominees included Arizona teammates Mark Reynolds (.357, four homers, nine RBIs) and Justin Upton (.355, three homers, seven RBIs); the Reds' Alex Gonzalez (.450); Rockies right-hander Jason Marquis (2-0, 1.72 ERA); the Phillies' Raul Ibañez (.320, four homers, eight RBIs); the streaking Padres' Chris Young (2-0, 2.08 ERA); and Washington's Adam Dunn (three homers, nine RBIs).
Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com. Alyson Footer contributed to this story. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.