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Encarnacion's hot bat nets Player of Week Award

Edwin Encarnacion's blistering performance at the plate last week has earned the Blue Jays third baseman American League Player of the Week honors.

The Toronto slugger turned in three multihit games and an AL-best .520 (13-for-25) batting average en route to his third career weekly honor and second with the Blue Jays. Encarnacion also won a weekly award with Toronto in 2010 and once took home National League Player of the Week honors as a member of the Reds in '06.

He earned his most recent award by leading the AL in batting average, on-base percentage, hits and total bases last week, while finishing second in slugging percentage and RBIs.

Encarnacion started his week with a three-hit effort against the Dodgers. He matched that three-hit output later in the week, collecting two home runs, a double and five RBIs in keying a 12-6 victory over the Astros on Friday. He followed it up one day later by matching a career high with four hits on Saturday.

With his impressive week at the plate, Encarnacion enters play this week hitting .278 with 28 home runs and 82 RBIs on the season.

Paul Casella is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @paul_casella.

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