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Votto wins NL Player of the Week Award

Votto wins NL Player of the Week Award

Votto wins NL Player of the Week Award
The reigning National League MVP is also the reigning National League Player of the Week.

Reds first baseman Joey Votto took home the second weekly award of his career on Monday after last earning it in September 2009. From July 25-31, Votto tied for the league lead in home runs (four) and RBIs (nine). He homered on three straight days from Tuesday through Thursday against the Mets, marking the second time in his career he's gone deep in a three-game stretch.

Votto also had four multihit performances en route to a .385 average (10-for-26), a .467 on-base percentage and a .923 slugging percentage. The only game he didn't collect a hit in the week was the one he didn't start, on Monday.

A little more than a month away from his 28th birthday (Sept. 10), Votto leads the NL in walks (74) and OBP (.428). The Canadian's .319 average is fourth best in the Senior Circuit.

Evan Drellich is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @EvanDrellich. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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