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Harper steamrolls to NL Player of the Week

Nats superstar hit .550 with three homers to win for fifth time in career
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Bryce Harper continues to establish himself not only as one of baseball's best players, but as one of the sport's quickest starters. Harper is having his second straight excellent April, and now he's earned a Player of the Week award in the season's first month for the second straight year.

Harper was named the National League Player of the Week on Monday after he hit .550 (11-for-20) with three home runs, seven RBIs and 10 runs scored. Even more than teammates Daniel Murphy and Ryan Zimmerman, who are also off to sizzling starts, Harper's bat has sent the Nationals soaring to an MLB-best 13 wins.

Bryce Harper continues to establish himself not only as one of baseball's best players, but as one of the sport's quickest starters. Harper is having his second straight excellent April, and now he's earned a Player of the Week award in the season's first month for the second straight year.

Harper was named the National League Player of the Week on Monday after he hit .550 (11-for-20) with three home runs, seven RBIs and 10 runs scored. Even more than teammates Daniel Murphy and Ryan Zimmerman, who are also off to sizzling starts, Harper's bat has sent the Nationals soaring to an MLB-best 13 wins.

Harper entered play Monday leading the Majors in batting (.400) and on-base percentage (.524); he ranked second in slugging (.815), homers (seven) and RBIs (20). These totals come after a week where he not only provided huge hits, but provided them in huge spots.

Video: Must C Combo: Harper has a grand, two-homer night

Harper smacked two homers -- including a grand slam -- against the Braves on Wednesday, when he reached base five times in a 14-4 Nationals win. Two days later, he homered and scored the game-winning run in a 4-3 win over the Mets.

The Player of the Week honor is the fifth in Harper's career and the first for a Nationals player this season.

Joe Trezza is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @joetrezz.