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Bruce, Semien earn Player of Week honors

June 10, 2019

Jay Bruce’s first week in Philadelphia couldn’t have gone much better. The Phillies slugger earned the National League Player of the Week Award presented by W.B. Mason on Monday, while A’s shortstop Marcus Semien received American League honors. The Phils acquired Bruce from the Mariners on June 2, and the

Jay Bruce’s first week in Philadelphia couldn’t have gone much better. The Phillies slugger earned the National League Player of the Week Award presented by W.B. Mason on Monday, while A’s shortstop Marcus Semien received American League honors.

The Phils acquired Bruce from the Mariners on June 2, and the veteran proceeded to hit .381 with four homers, two doubles, 11 RBIs and a 1.429 OPS over his first six games with the club.

Bruce’s presence in the Phillies’ lineup became all the more important when outfielder Andrew McCutchen suffered a season-ending ACL tear in his left knee the day after the Bruce deal, and McCutchen’s replacement -- Adam Haseley, the team’s No. 3 prospect, per MLB Pipeline -- went on the injured list days later with a groin strain.

This is the sixth time Bruce has been named the Player of the Week, though his last nod came nearly seven years ago, in September 2012, as a member of the Reds. He’s the first Phillie to win one since Cole Hamels in '15.

Semien, meanwhile, is a first-time winner after hitting safely in all seven games for Oakland over the past week. Overall, he posted a .419 average with two homers, two doubles, nine RBIs and a 1.148 OPS.

Semien is the second A’s player to earn the AL Player of the Week Award this season, as Mike Fiers got the nod after throwing a no-hitter on May 7.

Thomas Harrigan is a reporter for MLB.com.