Andre Ethier N.L, Player of the Week

Andre Ethier, who led the N.L. with 12 RBI, has been named National League Player of the Week presented by Bank of America for the period ending April 19th.

Ethier shared NL Player of the Week honors with Houston's Roy Oswalt last Sept. 1-7 when he went 13-for-20 with three homers and eight RBIs.

?From April 13th-19th, Ethier tied for the league-lead with four home runs and eight runs scored, ranked second with 23 total bases and third with a slugging percentage of 1.000. The 26-year-old right-fielder recorded a .391 (9-for-23) batting average with two doubles in six games.

Andre collected four multi-hit games along with two multi-home run performances. On April 13th vs. San Francisco, the Arizona State product connected for two home runs, a three-run homer and a solo shot, in the Dodgers' 11-1 win. On April 18th vs. Colorado, Ethier again homered twice, with another three-run shot and a solo blast. On the following day against the Rockies, he recorded three RBI in the Dodgers' 14-2 victory.

Most of Ethier's success has come batting directly behind Manny Ramirez. "You know you'll get pitches to hit and when he's hot pitchers come after you, they don't want to put you on base and give him opportunities to drive in runs," Ethier told Ken Gurnick of

"The key for me, there's a fine line figuring out how they'll approach me this year. Sometimes you find yourself watching instead of being aggressive. After the first few games, I said it was time to get after it."

?Other nominees this past week included Ethier's Dodgers' teammates Orlando Hudson (.542, 1 HR, 5 RBI), Matt Kemp (.391, 2 HR, 9 RBI) and Chad Billingsley (2-0, 2.77 ERA, 17 SO); San Diego's David Eckstein (.429, 3 2B, 3 RBI), Adrian Gonzalez (.857 SLG, 4 HR, 5 RBI) and Heath Bell (4 SV, 0.00 ERA, 4 SO); Arizona's Felipe Lopez (.400, .423 OBP, 10 H); Houston's Miguel Tejada (.520, .556 OBP, 13 H); Milwaukee's Mike Cameron (.348, 3 HR, 4 RBI); St. Louis' Brian Barden (.500, 3 HR, 3 RBI), Chris Duncan (.455, 1 HR, 7 RBI) and Ryan Ludwick (.417, 3 HR, 10 RBI); Atlanta's Jeff Francoeur (.435, 2 2B, 5 RBI); Florida's Jeremy Hermida (.318, 2 HR, 7 RBI) and Cody Ross (.429, 3 HR, 11 RBI); New York's Jose Reyes (.423, 1 3B, 2 RBI); Philadelphia's Ryan Howard (.350, 2 HR, 5 RBI) and Raul Ibanez (.550, 3 HR, 5 RBI); and Washington's Nick Johnson (.429, 1 2B, 1 RBI).

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