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Arenado rewarded for big week with NL honor

After hitting .545, Rockies' third baseman secures award for first time

Rockies star third baseman Nolan Arenado has earned his first career National League Player of the Week Award after leading the Majors in slugging over the last week.

Arenado slugged 1.045 and also led the NL with a .545 average (12-for-22). He posted a .600 on-base percentage and tallied 12 hits, 23 total bases, three homers, three RBIs, three doubles, six runs and a triple.

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Arenado began the week with a three-hit game on Tuesday, which included a solo homer. He then tripled and scored twice on Wednesday to help Colorado split its series against the American League Central-leading Royals.

On Friday, Arenado tied a career high -- achieved three other times -- with four hits in the Rockies' series opener against the Marlins, reaching base five times. He had two more hits on Saturday and scored the game-winning run, then finished the weekend on Sunday with his third straight multihit game.

Arenado has already tied his RBI total (52) from last season.

Joey Nowak is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak.

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