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Dodgers Puig Named NL Player of the Week

Puig has been the lone consistent threat in an unsteady Dodgers offense

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    Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a two run home-run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the third inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on May 17, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

    So much for the so-called "Sophomore Slump" for Yasiel Puig.

    His bat has come alive over the past month and the baseball world has taken notice. Puig, in his second season with the Dodgers, was named National League co-player of the week for the period of May 12-18 along with Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder A.J. Pollack.

    For the week, Puig had a .348 batting average (8 for 23), a league-leading 10 RBIs and three home runs in a six game span.

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    The Cuban native also racked up 20 total bases and an .870 slugging percentage.

    The award came on the heels of a 16-game hit streak that was snapped May 18 against Arizona. The 23-year-old hit .409 during the tear and he’s now second in the NL with 35 RBIs.

    Pollack was just as good as Puig during the week.

    The 24-year-old hit .500 (11 for 22).

    He also had three multi-hit games, including a career high four hits during an 18-7 win against the Dodgers on Saturday.

    Pollack followed that effort with a 3 for 4 day on Sunday. He was the 17th overall pick in the 2009 draft out of Notre Dame. It’s the first time he’s won the player of the week award.