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Anthony Rizzo named NL Player of the Week

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Updated: July 21, 2014 10:11PM



Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo has picked up where he left off after earning his first All-Star selection.

Rizzo on Monday was named National League player of the week after going 5-for-11 with three home runs and four RBI in the Cubs’ weekend series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He also went tumbling into a camera well to catch a foul pop-up Sunday, a play that manager Rick Renteria called ‘‘the freaking greatest effort.’’

Rizzo already has matched the 23 homers he hit last season and is tied for the NL lead with Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton.

‘‘I’m just trying to put good swings on the ball,’’ he said in Arizona.

Rizzo said staying on a baseball routine during the All-Star break helped him stay hot as the second half opened.

‘‘Definitely,’’ he said. ‘‘I hit for two days, got in the game and had a high-intensity at-bat. It was my first time doing that, so there definitely were some nerves there. I just wanted to come in here and try to slow the game down as much as I can.’’

In his last nine games, Rizzo is 13-for-36 (.361) with five homers, two doubles, two walks and six RBI.

It was Rizzo’s first player-of-the-week award and the first for a Cubs hitter since Starlin Castro in 2011.



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