Ethier National League Player of the Week

Los Angeles Dodger rookie-outfielder Andre Ethier was named National League Player of the Week for the week of July 3-9 by Major League Baseball. Ethier, 24, hit .500 (11-for-22) with a homer, triple, two doubles, four runs scored, five walks, two stolen bases and 10 RBI in seven games to earn the honor. His 10 RBI led all National Leaguers.

Also included in the week was a 4-for-5 game against Arizona on July 3 and a 3-for-5 performance vs. the Giants on July 7. Ethier's on-base percentage was .552 for the week and he compiled a slugging percentage of .818.

Ethier is batting .352 with six home runs and 32 RBI in 59 games this season and leads all National League rookies in batting average, on-base percentage (.403), slugging percentage (.545) and outfield assists (5). He is tied for seventh among NL rookies in home runs and ranks eighth in RBI.

The Arizona State graduate was acquired on December 13, 2005 from the Oakland Athletics, where he had spent the past three seasons in their minor league system. Last year, he was the Texas League Player of the Year after posting 18 homers and 80 RBI for Double-A Midland. Ethier was called up on May 2 of this season after hitting .349 in 25 games for Triple-A Las Vegas.

Ethier becomes the second Dodger to earn the National League Player of the Week honor this season, following Nomar Garciaparra who shared the award with Albert Pujols for the week of May 8-14.
Transactions

RHP Giovanni Carrara from Las Vegas
C Dioner Navarro and RHP Jae Seo traded 
to Tampa Bay for LHP Mark Henderson and 
C Toby Hall.
RHP Chad Billingsley from Las Vegas
OF-3B Joel Guzman to Las Vegas
3B Chris Truby released

Las Vegas
RP Brian Akins from Vero Beach
LHP Wesley Wright from Vero Beach
C Ryder Mathies from Vero Beach
3B Andy LaRoche from Jacksonville
OF Wilkin Ruan from Jacksonville
SS Jesus Soto to Ogden
OF Jeremy Brown to Ogden

Jacksonville
OF Adam Greenberg signed as free agent
RHP Spike Lundborg from Las Vegas
OF Anthony Raglani from Vero Beach

Vero Beach
OF Ryan Carter from GC Dodgers
OF Ryan Russ released
OF Drew Locke from Columbus
RHP Adam Thomas from Jacksonville
C Chris Westervelt released

Columbus
3B Travis Denker from Vero Beach
SS Brandon Carter released

Gulf Coast Dodgers
OF Eloy Gutierrez from Vero Beach
3B Brian Mathews signed

Other teams
Anaheim traded RHP Jeff Weaver to St. Louis
NY Mets released RHP Josse Lima
NY Yankees released RHP Scott Erickson
White Sox signed 1B Fernando 
Valenzuela Jr.; released 3B Damian Rolls
Pirates signed 3B Chris Truby

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