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Bucs’ pitcher Jeff Karstens named NL player of the week |

Bucs’ pitcher Jeff Karstens named NL player of the week

Karen Price
| Monday, July 18, 2011 12:00 a.m

Pirates right-hander Jeff Karstens was named the National League Player of the Week today. Karstens pitched a complete-game shutout on Friday night in a 4-0 win over the Houston Astros and became the first Pirates starter to win five consecutive decisions since Ian Snell in June, 2006.

“It’s an honor, just for us as a team to get recognition now,” Karstens said. “We had three All-Stars, and now, to get pitcher of the week, it means a lot to us. But my biggest goal is to get us farther than what we’re doing now.”

The 83 pitches thrown were the fewest in a nine-inning complete game in the majors this season. Karstens has an ERA of 2.34, second in the National League going into today’s games.

Karen Price is a former freelancer.

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