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Jackson named AL Player of the Week

Jackson named AL Player of the Week

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Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson was named the American League Player of the Week after batting .529 with three doubles, three triples and two home runs last week.

The Tigers' leadoff man also drove in five runs and scored 13 en route to his first career weekly honor.

Jackson led the Majors in batting average, hits, triples, runs and total bases (33) while finishing tops in the AL in slugging percentage (.971) and on-base percentage (.543).

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Jackson went 4-for-4 on Wednesday with a double, a triple and three runs scored as he helped fuel the Tigers' late rally that led to a 5-4 victory against the visiting Royals.

The following evening, he hit a two-run blast in the sixth inning to give Detroit an 8-6 lead. He hit another two-run blast in the series opener against the White Sox on Friday, marking the first time in his career that Jackson homered in consecutive games.

As the Tigers mounted the club's largest comeback in three seasons Saturday against the White Sox, Jackson tallied four hits -- including a pair of triples -- along with an RBI and two runs in the 9-8 walk-off win. He finished the White Sox series with a .600 batting average, four extra-base hits and seven runs scored.

Jackson, who leads the AL in triples (11), had five straight multihit games this week for the longest such stretch in his career.

Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak.‬ This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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