Ramirez, Gaudin share NL weekly honors
Marlin hit two grand slams; Padres righty blanked Texas
Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez and Padres right-hander Chad Gaudin both had big weeks, and they were rewarded on Monday when they were named co-winners of the National League Player of the Week Award presented by Bank of America.
Ramirez led the National League with 15 RBIs and 22 total bases. He hit three home runs -- two of them grand slams -- and compiled an .846 slugging percentage. Both of his grand slams occurred against Baltimore, on Monday and Wednesday of last week.
Gaudin went 2-0 with a 1.20 ERA, holding opponents to two runs while striking out 20 in 15 innings. He tied a career high in strikeouts by fanning 11 Mariners in seven innings on Tuesday, then followed that performance with eight scoreless, one-hit innings at Texas on Sunday.
He was the first visiting pitcher to hold the Rangers to one or zero hits over eight innings at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
"Boy, that was just a great game," Padres manager Bud Black said. "What a performance. I've seen a lot of games in this park from this dugout and that was one of the best pitched games I've seen."
Ramirez, the leader among shortstops in NL All-Star balloting, led all Major League players with 24 RBIs in Interleague Play and had the most Interleague hits, 24, of any National League player.
Bobbie Dittmeier is an editor/producer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.