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Cubs' Anthony Rizzo Named National League Player Of The Week

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Yes, it was a short week, but the Cubs' first baseman made the most of it.

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This award is really "Player of the Last Three Games," since that's all that's included in this week's Major League Baseball awards, but Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo certainly made the most of those three games.

Rizzo went 5-for-11 with three home runs in the three-game set against the Diamondbacks and posted a 1.273 slugging percentage. His four RBI in the three games were tied for third in the league, and he enters Monday's action tied for the league lead in home runs (23) with the Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton.

As you know, he was also the center of a key play in Sunday's game when he fell into the photographers' box at Chase Field catching a foul popup, which resulted (by MLB Rule 7.04) in a Diamondbacks run scoring, which turned out to be the difference in the Cubs' one-run loss. If you haven't seen the play, or want to see it again, here it is:

And just for equal time, here's one of his home runs (the one from Sunday's game):

This is also worth noting because it's the Cubs' first Player of the Week in 2014. The last Cub who was Player of the week was Jeff Samardzija, who shared honors with the Marlins' Jose Fernandez for the week of August 19-25, 2013. The last Cub who won the honor outright was Ryan Dempster, who was N.L. PoY for the week of June 4-10, 2012. So it's been a while.

Congrats to Rizzo on his Player of the Week honor, one of many we hope he has during his Cubs career.