McCutchen is top player in NL for second straight week

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DENVER -- Pirates centerfielder Andrew McCutchen was named the National League player of the week for the second consecutive week, Major League Baseball announced this afternoon.

In a three-game series against the Brewers, McCutchen went 7 for 12 (.583) with three home runs and 16 total bases. He also drove in four runs. The honor is for the seven-day period ending Sunday.

He went 15 for 29 (.517) with three home runs in the week prior.

He is the second player to have won the award in consecutive weeks this season; Los Angeles Dodgers centerfielder Matt Kemp is the other.

McCutchen leads the majors with a .371 batting average. Philadelphia Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz and San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera are tied for second, hitting .353.

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