Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Raffy heats up


Dodgers shortstop Rafael Furcal has been named Bank of America National League Player of the Week for the period of June 21-27, 2010.

Furcal led the Majors with a .538 (14-for-26) batting average, nine runs scored and 24 total bases in six games last week. The 32-year-old veteran slugged a N.L.-leading .923, while his .571 on-base percentage placed second. Furcal led the Dodgers to a 5-1 record on the week, including a three-game sweep at San Francisco. The Loma de Cabrera, Dominican Republic native went 9-for-14 in the series (.643) with a home run and five runs scored. Furcal’s bat continued to sizzle into the weekend, as he extended his multi-hit steak to seven games (dating back to June 26th) with a 2-for-4 performance in a 14-1 win at Arizona on July 3rd. The fleet-footed shortstop went 1-for-3 with two runs scored in a 3-1 win over Arizona on July 4th, marking the 10th consecutive game in which he had scored a run for his club. This is Furcal’s second career weekly award, the first being for the period of July 5-11, 2004, as a member of the Atlanta Braves.

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