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09/20/2004 4:07 PM ET
Montreal's Tony Batista named National League Player of the Week
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Tony Batista of the Montreal Expos, who led the League with 30 total bases and 15 RBI, has been named Bank of America Presents the National League Player of the Week for September 13-19. 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 the bank's long-standing tradition of promoting and recognizing higher standards of accomplishment.

Batista also led the League with 14 hits and was tied for the League lead with four homers. Over eight games, he batted .389 with an .833 slugging percentage and a .450 on-base percentage. Batista scored eight runs and added two doubles, a triple and a stolen base. He eclipsed the 100-RBI plateau on Friday, September 17, becoming only the ninth player in franchise history to reach the mark.

Other nominees this past week included: Derrek Lee (.407, 2 HR, 10 RBI), Aramis Ramirez (.375, 3 HR, 5 RBI), Sammy Sosa (.296, 4 HR, 8 RBI) and Moises Alou (.320, 3 HR, 6 RBI) of the Cubs; Houston's Roger Clemens (2-0, 0.60 ERA) and Lance Berkman (.526, 2 2B's, 4 RBI); J.D. Drew (.500, 1 HR, 7 RBI) and Paul Byrd (2-0, 1.38 ERA) of the Braves; Colorado's Vinny Castilla (.357, 3 HR, 10 RBI) and Joe Kennedy (2-0, 1.50 ERA); Jay Payton (.385, 3 HR, 6 RBI) and David Wells (2-0, 2.70 ERA) of the Padres; and Brett Tomko (1-0, 1.00 ERA) of the Giants.

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