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Mets' deGrom named NL Player of the Week on his 29th birthday

theScore — Simon Sharkey-Gotlieb

Happy birthday, Jacob deGrom.

The New York Mets right-hander turned 29 years young on Monday, and Major League Baseball made sure he'd remember this birthday for a long time by naming him National League Player of the Week.

Cleveland Indians infielder Jose Ramirez took home the honors in the American League.

deGrom put the Mets on his back over the past seven days with a pair of brilliant starts, including a complete-game victory on June 12 against the Cubs. He pitched into the eighth inning in both of his outings, and struck out a total of 12 batters in his 17 innings of work while allowing just one earned run and eight total hits. If that wasn't enough, deGrom took Washington's Joe Ross deep on Sunday for his first career home run.

Ramirez helped the rising Indians move back into first place with a scorching hot week at the plate. The 24-year-old hit .516/.545/1.065 with three homers, seven RBIs, eight doubles, and nine runs scored over his seven games last week - a stretch that included his second career multi-homer game in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday.

It's the first time Ramirez has taken home the league's weekly award in his career. This is the third Player of the Week honor won by deGrom, but the first time he wasn't named a co-winner of the award.

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