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Leesburg’s Posey named NL Player of the Week

Last week, Giants catcher and Leesburg native Buster Posey hit .500 with four home runs and 26 total bases, raising his season batting average from .307 to .322.

Last week, Giants catcher and Leesburg native Buster Posey hit .500 with four home runs and 26 total bases, raising his season batting average from .307 to .322.

SAN FRANCISCO — Buster Posey is starting to look like an MVP again.

The Leesburg native and reigning NL MVP caught fire the last seven days and took home National League Player of the Week honors on Monday, marking just the second time in his career he has received a weekly award.

Posey raised his batting average from .307 to .322 in the past week, leading all of baseball with a .500 (11-for-22) batting average during that span. He also had a .560 on-base percentage and a 1.182 slugging percentage last week — which both led MLB — and smacked four home runs and 26 total bases.

Posey, 26, last won the award for the week of July 4-11, 2010, and then went on to claim NL Rookie of the Year honors.

Posey helped the Giants snap a six-game losing streak on Sunday with a solo home run in the third inning — his 12th of the season. The homer also gave him his 48th RBI of the season, which leads all NL catchers.

“(Posey has) been really on fire for us giving us a chance to win some games,” Giants outfield Hunter Pence recently told the San Francisco Chronicle.

The Giants entered Monday night’s game in fourth place in the NL West standings but only three games behind division leader Arizona.

Despite San Francisco’s recent struggles, Posey, who played catcher and at first base last week, has done his part and now has the fifth-highest batting average in baseball. His batting line of .322/.397/.543 is not far from last year’s line of .336/.408/.549 that gave him the MVP award.