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Hamels named NL Player of the Week

Hamels named NL Player of the Week

Hamels named NL Player of the Week
Cole Hamels' pair of overpowering outings last week has earned the Phillies left-hander his first career National League Player of the Week honor.

Hamels started the week with a seven-hit shutout of the Marlins on Monday, marking his second straight complete-game shutout. He then pitched a scoreless first inning Saturday against the Brewers to extend his scoreless streak to 23 innings, making it the longest by a Phillies pitcher this season.

Though that streak came to an end in the second frame, Hamels went on to allow just three runs over 7 2/3 innings en route to his 14th victory of the season. He also tied his season high with 10 strikeouts Saturday.

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With the two victories, Hamels improved to 3-1 with a 1.38 ERA in four August starts, and 14-6 with a 2.94 ERA this season. He sits just one victory shy of his career-high 15 wins, which he set in the 2007 campaign.

Paul Casella is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @paul_casella. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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