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Matt Kemp named National League Player of the Week

April 09, 2012|By Steve Dilbeck
  • Matt Kemp hits a two-run home run during the sixth inning against the San Diego Padres on Sunday.
Matt Kemp hits a two-run home run during the sixth inning against the San… (Denis Poroy / Getty Images )

This time Matt Kemp is getting an early jump on the awards season.

The first award Kemp could nab in 2012 he did, when he was honored Monday as the National League Player of the Week.

Kemp, the runner-up as the N.L. MVP last season, got off to an explosive start to the season in San Diego.

Kemp emerged from the four-game series batting .412 (7 for 17), and leading the majors with six runs and tied for the RBI lead with eight. He also had two home runs in pitching-friendly Petco Park and a stolen base.

Otherwise, he was just so slow out of the gate.

Kemp hit in all four games, and dating back to last season, has now hit safely in 16 games overall.

As this week’s winner, the man who signed a $160-million contract in the offseason is schedule to be awarded a “watch courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches.” Available, naturally, at MLB.com.

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Matt Kemp named National League Player of the Week

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