Carpenter & Duncan Players of the Week

A pair of St. Louis Cardinals, outfielder Chris Duncan and ace right-hander Chris Carpenter, have been named co-winners of the Bank of America Presents the National League Player of the Week for August 14-20, 2006.

Bank of America, the Official Bank of Major League Baseball, is the presenting sponsor of the National League and American League Player of the Week Awards, which reflect Bank of America's longstanding tradition of promoting and recognizing higher standards of accomplishment.

Duncan led the N.L. with a .583 batting average, a 1.125 slugging percentage and a .593 on-base percentage. Chris, the son of St. Louis pitching coach Dave Duncan, also led the league with 14 hits, four home runs and 27 total bases. Duncan added six runs, six RBI and one double to help cap off a 4-2 week for the N.L. Central-leading Cardinals. The left-handed hitter hit a home run in three straight games from August 18-20. He is currently averaging a home run every 12.0 at-bats, which is tops among all Major League rookies (minimum: 75 plate appearances).

Carpenter led the NL with 17.0 innings pitched and finished tied for the league lead in wins (2), complete games (1) and shutouts (1). Last year's N.L. Cy Young Award winner hurled his second complete-game shutout of the season vs. the division-rival Cincinnati Reds on August 15th. In his next start vs. the rival Chicago Cubs, he worked 8.0 innings and allowed only two earned runs in gaining his 12th victory of the season. Chris assembled a 1.06 ERA and struck out 13 batters over his two starts and did not issue a single walk during the week.

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