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Padres' Venable earns NL Player of the Week honors

08/19/2013 4:56 PM ET
By MLB Media Relations

Outfielder Will Venable hit .406 with two home runs in the Padres' last seven games.(AP)
San Diego Padres outfielder Will Venable has been named the National League Player of the Week for the period ending Aug. 18.

Venable led the league with 13 hits and 23 total bases last week and ranked second in runs scored with seven. The Princeton University product ranked among league leaders with a .406 (13-for-32) batting average and a .719 slugging percentage. Venable added a pair of homers, two doubles and a triple while driving in five runs and posting a .406 on-base percentage in his seven games last week.

On Tuesday, Venable's three-hit effort propelled the Padres to a victory in the second game of their three-game set at Colorado. The slugger went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored in the contest, tripling home a run in the second inning and singling home one in the sixth inning en route to a 7-5 win. In Wednesday's rubbermatch, Venable extended his career-best hitting streak to 11 games in the 4-2 loss at Coors Field.

On Saturday, Venable tied a career high with four hits, going 4-for-5 with a double and three runs scored in an 8-2 win over the visiting New York Mets. Venable swiped his 100th career base in the victory, becoming the 11th member of the Padres' 100-steal club. In Sunday's series finale, the California native's ninth-inning blast gave the Padres a 4-3 walk-off victory and a split of their four-game series with the Mets.

The game-winning blast was Venable's team-leading 17th homer of the season. He extended his
hitting streak to 15 games, which is the longest active streak in the Majors. In that span, the 30-year-old
is hitting .377 (23-for-61) with five homers, eight RBI, 12 runs scored and five stolen bases.

This is Venable's first career weekly award.

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