New York, NY (Sports Network) - Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp has won the first National League Player of the Week award of the 2012 season.
Kemp, who also captured the award in the final week last season, batted .412 with two homers, eight RBI and an .824 slugging percentage while scoring an MLB-high six runs.
He was the first Dodger since Adrian Beltre in 2000 to have three consecutive multi-hit games to begin a season. The Dodgers won the first three games of a season-opening four-game series with the San Diego Padres.
Dodgers pitcher Chad Billingsly and right fielder Andre Ethier were among the other players mentioned by MLB as having noteworthy weeks.