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Tulowitzki named NL Player of the Week

Tulowitzki named NL Player of Week

Troy Tulowitzki is on pace to have one of the best seasons ever by a shortstop.

That brilliant campaign notched another highlight last week, and it led to yet another one on Monday, when -- thanks in large part to a home run streak that put him in rarefied air -- the Rockies' infielder was named National League Player of the Week, presented by Bank of America.

Tulowitzki homered in four consecutive games from Tuesday-Saturday, becoming the first shortstop to accomplish that feat since Miguel Tejada did it in 2005. Also, the 24-year-old hit .391 (9-for-23) last week, and his four homers and eight runs scored tied for the Major League lead.

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The Giants haven't been too far back in the Rockies' rearview mirror for the NL Wild Card lead, and after losing the first two of a three-game series against them last week, Colorado badly needed to dodge a sweep on Wednesday.

Tulowitzki, who finished that night 3-for-4 with a home run in an eventual 4-3 win, helped give it to them.

Thanks to three multihit games while his club went 3-3, Tulowitzki is now batting .289 with 81 RBIs and a career-high 29 home runs and 17 stolen bases. With a .988 fielding percentage, he's vying to become the first shortstop in Major League history to hit at least 25 homers and post a .990-plus fielding percentage.

As of Monday, the Rockies are 85-65, a record that puts them five games behind the Dodgers in the NL West and 4 1/2 up on the Giants in the Wild Card with 12 remaining.

Other nominees for the award included Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee, who tossed a complete-game shutout, and Braves first baseman Adam LaRoche, who led the Majors with a .563 batting average (9-for-16). Also getting consideration were Cubs right-hander Ryan Dempster (0.56 ERA and 10 strikeouts in 16 innings) and Dodgers right-hander Jon Garland (2-0 with a 1.29 ERA).

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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