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Freeman garners NL Player of Week honors

Freeman garners NL Player of Week honors

Freeman garners NL Player of Week honors
LOS ANGELES -- Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman was happy to gain his first National League Player of the Week Award while spending time this week with family friends in his native Southern California.

But the 22-year-old first baseman seemed more excited about the fact that last week's production helped the Braves win five of six games and move toward the top of the National League East standings.

"Personal accolades do not mean a whole lot right now when you're just trying to win ballgames," Freeman said. "We won five last week and that was the most important thing."

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Freeman hit .478 (11-for-23) -- the third-highest average in the NL on the week -- with 14 RBIs and a 1.087 slugging percentage. He led the NL with 25 total bases, ranked among the leaders in runs scored (seven), hits (11) and on-base percentage (.481) while recording five multi-RBI games.

Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp slugged his way to the first two NL Player of the Week honors, but Freeman managed to outslug the Los Angeles star last week.

Freeman had four hits, three runs, two doubles and five RBIs in two games against the Mets at the beginning of the week. His biggest game came Thursday against the D-backs at Chase Field, when he went 3-for-5 with two homers, a double and five RBIs.

Freeman's father, Fred, attended the first three games in Phoenix and plans to attend each of the three games the Braves are scheduled to play against the Dodgers this week.

"I was just happy to see a smile on [my father's] face," said Freeman, who attended El Modena High School in Orange, Calif.

Freeman started the week with a .162 batting average before boosting that number to .283 by week's end. His 15 RBIs ranked third in the NL entering Monday's action.

In winning the weekly award, Freeman beat out the following noteworthy performers: Atlanta teammates Michael Bourn (.464, .531 on-base percentage, five steals) and Juan Francisco (.375, three homers, 1.063 slugging percentage), Kemp (.381, three homers, .857 slugging percentage), Cardinals shortstop Rafael Furcal (.500, .556 OBP), San Diego's Chase Headley (.400, .800 SLG) and Cory Luebke (2-0, 0.60 ERA, nine strikeouts in 15 innings).

Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry. Mark Bowman contributed to this report. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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