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Cueto garners NL Player of Week honors

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After two dominant outings last week, Reds ace Johnny Cueto has been named the National League Player of the Week.

Cueto is the second Reds player to receive the honor this season, joining Aroldis Chapman on July 13. It's the first time Cueto has won the award.

The right-hander beat the Indians on Tuesday and the Marlins on Sunday, surrendering four earned runs on 10 hits and four walks over 17 combined innings. Cueto struck out 15 in the two outings. He led the Majors in innings pitched and ranked second in the league in strikeouts over the week.

Tuesday was the righty's fourth complete game of the season and his 13th victory of the year. Cueto needed 117 pitches (83 strikes) to improve to 4-0 (with two complete games) against the Reds' intrastate rivals. He's now 12-5 with a 2.51 ERA against the American League in his career.

On Sunday -- making his 25th start of the season -- Cueto improved to 4-0 with a 1.45 ERA over his last four starts since June 26. He has 11 quality starts in his last 12 outings, and he leads the Majors in wins (14) and ranks second with 179 2/3 innings pitched.

Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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