Finley National League Player of the Week

Dodgers outfielder Steve Finley was named Bank of America Presents the National League Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 6-12 by Major League Baseball. It is the fifth time in Finley's career that he has won the honor, the last time coming May 31-June 6, 1999.

Finley, 39, hit .385 (10-for-26) with a double, four home runs, eight runs scored and 10 RBI in six games to earn the honor. From Sept. 8-10, Finley drove in the winning run in three consecutive games. He collected a run-scoring double in the bottom of the ninth on Sept. 8 to defeat Arizona 6-5, his solo homer in the fifth inning of the Sept. 9 game gave the Dodgers a 3-2 lead vs. Arizona and the next inning his two-run homer extended it to a 5-2 lead in an eventual 5-4 win and his two-run homer in the seventh inning on Sept. 10 snapped a 5-5 tie and led Los Angeles to a 7-6 win vs. St. Louis.

Since the Dodgers acquired Finley from Arizona prior to the trade deadline, the left-handed batter is hitting .304 with 10 doubles, 10 home runs and 36 RBIs in 38 games. His 36 RBIs rank fifth-best in the Majors during that span, more than such notables at Manny Ramirez (34), Gary Sheffield (34), Barry Bonds (33), Jim Edmonds (33) and teammate Adrian Beltre (32).

"It's been a great month and I hope I can just keep it going," said Finley.

The four-time NL Gold Glove winner is batting .283 with 33 home runs and 84 RBIs in 142 combined games this season with the Dodgers and Diamondbacks. This is the fourth time in his career that Finley has slugged 30 or more home runs, and he is just two shy of his career-high 35 which came during the 2000 season for Arizona.

Finley was acquired July 31 with catcher Brent Mayne from the Diamondbacks for minor leaguers Koyie Hill, Reggie Abercrombie and Bill Murphy.

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