Rizzo earns NL Player of Week honors

New York, NY ( - Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo has been chosen as the National League's Player of the Week for his performance in the club's first series following the All-Star break.

Rizzo belted three home runs in the Cubs' three-game set at Arizona this past weekend, while amassing 14 total bases and five runs scored and going 5-for-11 at the plate. The first-time All-Star also knocked in four runs over those three games.

The three homers give Rizzo 23 for the season, matching Miami slugger Giancarlo Stanton for tops in the NL.

Rizzo is the first Cubs player to win the NL weekly award since shortstop and fellow All-Star Starlin Castro did so for the period ending Aug. 7, 2011.

Others considered for the award were Stanton, Philadelphia's Grady Sizemore, Neil Walker and Mark Melancon of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Arizona's Addison Reed.