PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez has been named National League Player of the Week for the period ending Sunday, as announced by Major League Baseball not long ago.

In six games Alvarez hit at a .458 average with a .500 on-base percentage and 1.042 slugging percentage, while registering four homers, eight RBI, and 25 total bases.

This is the second time he has won NL Player of the Week honors, having last received the award Sept. 26, 2010. His 27 home runs this season lead all National League third baseman, and his 49 extra-base hits are tied for fourth.

The 27 dingers are the third-best single-season effort in Pirate history by a third baseman; Aramis Ramirez, who homered against his old club over the weekend at Miller Park, holds the franchise record with 34 in 2001.

The Pirates continue their three-game series against the Houston Astros tonight at 7:05 on SportsRadio 93.7 The Fan, against whom Alvarez is hitting a career .293 with one home run and 15 RBI.

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