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Giles named NL Player of Week
05/03/2004  9:42 PM ET
SAN DIEGO -- Right fielder Brian Giles was named National League Player of the Week for games played April 26-May 2 Monday.

Giles joins Padres shortstop Khalil Greene to be honored by the league. Greene was named NL Rookie of the Month for April.

During the week of April 26-May 2, Giles helped the Padres to a 6-1 mark by batting .462 (12-for-26) with two doubles, one triple, three home runs and six RBIs.

The San Diego-area native posted a .962 slugging percentage and a .533 on-base percentage, marking the fifth time in his career that Giles has earned the honor. He was last named NL Player of the Week in August 1999 while playing for the Pirates.

Giles, who was born in El Cajon, Calif., and was a three-sport start at Granite Hills High School, was long coveted by Padres general manager Kevin Towers.

Towers got his man last season when he swung a four-player trade with Pittsburgh on Aug. 26. As part of the deal, the Padres parted with left-hander Oliver Perez. Perez is 2-0 with a 3.16 ERA for the Pirates.

While Giles started slowly, he was 5-for-45 to open this season, he's heated with the ballclub. The 33-year-old is batting .258, while leading the Padres with five home runs and 16 RBIs in 25 games.

Giles, who began his big-league career in Cleveland, has a lifetime batting average of .300, with 213 home runs and 697 RBIs over parts of 10 Major League seasons. But he shows his real value with a .417 career on-base percentage.

Giles is the first Padres player to receive the honor since Phil Nevin was awarded for games in the first week of September of last season.

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