Domonic Brown named NL player of the week

Domonic Brown named NL player of the week

May 28, 2013, 6:00 pm
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Domonic Brown hit .348 with five extra-base hits and seven RBIs last week. (USA Today Images)

BOSTON – Phillies leftfielder Domonic Brown has been named National League player of the week. It is his first such honor. He is the first Phillies position player to win the award since Raul Ibanez in July 2011.
“I’m proud of it,” Brown said. “But at the same time, I feel like I’ve got a long way to go and a lot of work to do.”

Brown hit .348 (8 for 23) with two doubles, a triple, two homers and seven RBIs in six games during the week ending May 26. He entered Tuesday night’s game against the Red Sox, his 51st of the season, hitting .257 with 10 homers and 29 RBIs, both team-highs.
Brown, 25, won a starting outfield job in spring training and isn’t letting go. He hit .233 in 26 games in April. In 24 games in May, he’s hitting .280 with seven homers and 18 RBIs. On the down side, Brown doesn’t have a walk this month.
During Brown’s recent hot streak, manager Charlie Manuel has often been asked whether he’d consider moving Brown up in the batting order. Brown was hitting sixth Tuesday night.
Manuel pointed to his breaking in of Ryan Howard and Chase Utley and said, “He’ll let me know when it’s time to move him. He’s heading that way. He’s getting batter and more consistent and hitting balls harder. I really don't like to talk about him. I just want to let him play and see how good he can be.”
Brown credited confidence and a shorter swing for his improvement.
“I think I just had a longer swing, now that I’m looking back on it,” he said. “I did a lot to my swing to shorten it up, especially in those good hitter’s counts, just being able to be short and quick to the ball. Before, even in the minor leagues, I would get away with [a longer swing] because pitchers don’t have that much movement. Up here, you have to shorten your swing up.”

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