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Bellinger slugs way to second NL weekly nod

Torrid Dodgers rookie adds 5 homers to league-leading total
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Dodgers rookie sensation Cody Bellinger grabbed his second National League Player of the Week honor in as many months Monday, earning the award after another torrid seven-day stretch.

The 21-year-old clocked five home runs last week to give him an NL-leading 24 homers in just 57 games. Bellinger hit two home runs last Monday against the Mets, another the next night, and then two on Sunday in the Dodgers' 12-6 comeback win over Colorado. The rookie drove in 12 runs last week as he continued to captivate the baseball world.

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Dodgers rookie sensation Cody Bellinger grabbed his second National League Player of the Week honor in as many months Monday, earning the award after another torrid seven-day stretch.

The 21-year-old clocked five home runs last week to give him an NL-leading 24 homers in just 57 games. Bellinger hit two home runs last Monday against the Mets, another the next night, and then two on Sunday in the Dodgers' 12-6 comeback win over Colorado. The rookie drove in 12 runs last week as he continued to captivate the baseball world.

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"I'm going to come in tomorrow like this didn't happen," Bellinger said on Sunday. "Manny Mota comes in every day to remind me I already got paid for yesterday."

Bellinger recorded his sixth multi-homer game on Sunday, making him the fastest player to notch so many. It took Mark McGwire 97 games in 1987, when he hit a rookie-record 49 homers, to reach six-multi homer games.

The Dodgers saw Bellinger as a short-term solution when they promoted him in late April, but the rookie swung his way into the lineup, and earned a NL Player of the Week Award, with a sensational first two weeks. Two months after his promotion, he leads the Senior Circuit in not just home runs, but slugging percentage (.679).

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

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