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Chirinos wins league "Hitter of the Week" award
First league hitter award goes to Smokies catcher
04/20/2010 5:31 PM ET

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee Smokies catcher Robinson Chirinos was named today by the Southern League as its "Hitter of the Week," for the duration of April 8 - 18. The award is Chirinos' first of the season.

Through April 18, Chirinos led the Southern League with a .759 slugging percentage and was tied for the league home run lead with three. Chirinos, who is currently riding an eight-game hitting streak, went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs Friday night against the Chattanooga Lookouts.

The Falcon, Venezuela native, ranked the Cubs' 26th best prospect by Baseball America, signed with the Cubs as a non-drafted free agent in 2000.

ABOUT THE TENNESSEE SMOKIES
The Tennessee Smokies are the minor league Class AA affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. Members of the 10-team Southern League, Smokies baseball has been entertaining families and fans of America's national pastime in the East Tennessee region for almost 100 years. To learn more about the Tennessee Smokies, visit www.smokiesbaseball.com.

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