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Rizzo earns NL Player of the Week nod

First baseman went 5-for-11 with three homers in weekend series

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Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo came out of the All-Star Break on a tear, and he has been named the National League Player of the Week for his efforts in the first series of the second half.

After representing the Cubs in last week's Midsummer Classic, he led the Majors last weekend with three home runs, 14 total bases and a 1.273 slugging percentage. He hit 5-for-11 (.455) and scored three runs against the D-backs over three games.

To start the series Friday, Rizzo went 2-for-4 with a pair of homers and three RBIs, marking his second multi-homer game of the season (May 31 against the Brewers was the first) and sixth of his career.

Rizzo followed that with a 1-for-3 day on Saturday, then ended the series Sunday with a 2-for-4 afternoon that included his 23rd homer of the season and a highlight-reel catch in foul territory. With 23 homers, he's already matched his career best (set in 2013) and is tied with Miami's Giancarlo Stanton for the most in the NL.

It's Rizzo's third career Player of the Week honor and the first for a Cubs position player since Starlin Castro on Aug. 7, 2011.

Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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