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Japan’s Ohtani and Schwarber named Major League Players of the Week

Japan’s Ohtani and Schwarber named Major League Players of the Week

The two-way player (pitcher and batter) the Japanese Shohei Ohtani (Angels) and the slugger Kyle Schwarber (Nationals) were chosen this Monday Players of the Week in Major League Baseball.

Ohtani, who was selected by the American League, hit .296 with six homers, nine RBIs, six runs and one stolen base in seven games.

As a pitcher, the Japanese pitched six full innings in his only start, in which he allowed a single run with five strikeouts to claim victory.

With 23 homers this season, Ohtani is tied with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. for the lead in both major league leagues. It is the first time he has been honored with the award.

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For his part, Schwarber, an outfielder for the Nationals, received the award for the National League after having a game Sunday with the difficult feat of three home runs in the challenge.

Schwarber finished last week with six home runs to reach 18 home runs, third at the Old Circuit, plus 11 RBIs.

Of Schwarber’s six homers, five came in two straight games during Washington’s series against the New York Mets.

The gunner blew the fence twice in the second game of the doubleheader on Saturday and then hit three homers Sunday to help Washington win the series. His five home runs in two days equaled a major league record.

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This is the first time that Schwarber has been awarded Player of the Week. The last Nationals player to win the honor was Dominican patrolman Juan Soto, in August of last year. AFP (HN)

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