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Beltran's big week draws recognition

Beltran's big week draws recognition

Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran was named the National League Player of the Week for June 5-11, 2006.

The center fielder put up impressive numbers at the plate all week, and then capped it off with a four-hit, two home run performance at Arizona on June 9. Over the course of seven road games, he had 12 RBIs on 14 hits, and stole five bases. He had 26 total bases and scored 13 runs.

"I just had a good day today," said Beltran after his two-homer, three-RBI day. "I'm feeling good at the plate. I'm using my legs more than my body, and when you do that, it's a good sign. I saw the ball great and didn't try to do too much.

"I don't really look for [homers]," Beltran continued. "I'm looking to hit .300, get on base and score runs. That's better than hitting 30 or 40 homers. When you're healthy and going to the cage everyday working, good things are going to happen."

Good things have happened for Beltran, and as a result, the Mets. With the center fielder's offensive production over the week, the Mets put together a 6-1 record over their West Coast road trip, losing only to the Dodgers on June 6.

And, if Beltran is looking to hit .300, get on base, and score runs, he did that with ease this week, scoring at least one run in every game he played, with a .483 average (14-for-29) and an .897 slugging percentage.

Beltran helped the Mets put even more distance behind them in the NL East standings, now 6.5 games ahead of the second-place Phillies. They visit Philadelphia this week for a three-game set, then open a seven-game home stand beginning on Friday against the Orioles.

Amanda Branam is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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