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USA TODAY Sports Weekly - - NL EAST -

Howie Ken­drick, Na­tion­als

The Na­tion­als ac­quired Ken­drick from the Philadel­phia Phillies in large part be­cause they wanted a right-handed bat off the bench in Oc­to­ber. But in­juries turned Ken­drick into a full-time player in Au­gust, and he re­sponded with five home runs in his first 11 starts. That in­cluded a two-homer game in a 3-1 win against the Los An­ge­les An­gels and a walk-off grand slam against the San Fran­cisco Gi­ants.

BRAD MILLS, USA TO­DAY SPORTS

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