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    Posey wins NL Player of the Week

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    ANAHEIM -- Giants rookie Buster Posey was rewarded for his stretch of torrid hitting by receiving National League Player of the Week honors for the period beginning July 5 and ending last Sunday.

    Posey, 23, hit .556 (15-for-27) with nine runs scored, five home runs and 14 RBIs as he helped the Giants win six of their last seven games. He also collected a double, a triple and three walks, as well as being hit by a pitch. That helped inflate Posey's on-base percentage for the week to .594 and his slugging percentage to 1.222.

    "I'm not surprised," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "It was a great week for Buster. Not just at the plate, but he also did a great job catching."

    Posey's surge increased his overall batting average to .350 with seven home runs and 25 RBIs in 38 games. He also owns a .389 on-base percentage and a .569 slugging percentage. Posey's production has reinforced the notion that not only has he reached the big leagues to stay, but also possesses the potential to be an impact player.

    "I really felt from early on that you could feel his sense of confidence and belonging," Bochy said.


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