Bryce Harper LF/RF WAS 10 Hrs

Harper went 3-for-4 Friday with a solo home run, one of six homers the Nationals cranked off Felix Hernandez and the Mariners.

He emphatically snapped out of an 0-for-9 mini-slump. August has been the first month in which Harper has looked anything like the player his owners thought they were drafting, as he's hit .268/.327/.433 with five home runs and 13 RBI in 97 at-bats.

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Harper is out of the lineup Tuesday against the Phillies.

Harper is coming off a 0-for-4 night at the plate Monday that included three strikeouts, and will take a day of rest Tuesday. Scott Hairston takes the start in left field and will bat sixth for the Nationals.

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Harper went 2-for-5 Sunday with two runs scored, two RBI, a double and his seventh home run of the season.

The kid is finding a groove, hitting .370 (10-for-27) over his last seven games, although Sunday's extra-base hits were Harper's first over that stretch. He seems primed for a big finish to his season.

Bryce Harper LF/RF WAS 10 Days

Harper went 3-for-4 with a run scored in the Nats' win over Arizona on Wednesday.

The multi-hit effort pushed his line to .262/.345/.386 for the year -- a far cry from expectations, but it's a regression that can largely be attributed to health, as he's dealt with a thumb injury since late April.

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Harper went 2-for-4 Friday with two RBI.

He's now hitting .313 (10-for-32) over his last eight games, with three home runs and nine RBI. Harper owners who have suffered through a tough season so far may be rewarded for their patience over the next six weeks.

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Harper smacked a two-run homer in Thursday's win over the Mets. It was his only hit of the game, and sixth long ball of the season.

It's been a disappointing season for Harper, but he has picked things up at the plate recently, with three homers and seven RBI in the last week.

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Harper went 2-for-4 Tuesday with his fifth home run of the season.

He keeps teasing a breakout, with two home runs and three multi-hit games in his last five starts. Expect the Nationals to keep trotting Harper out there despite his weak .254/.338/.380 slash line on the season, especially with Jayson Werth banged up, as the club will need Harper's bat to wake up if they want to hold onto their lead in the NL East.

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Harper went 2-for-6 with a walk-off two-run homer in the bottom of the 13th inning on Thursday against the Mets.

It's no secret that Harper's been struggling since coming off the DL, but he seemed to figure something out on Thursday, as he started 0-for-4 with two strikeouts, then delivered a sharp single and the homer in extras. Keep an eye out over the next couple days to see if he can carry this over.

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Manager Matt Williams quashed any speculation the Nationals would consider sending Harper to the minors, Mark Zuckerman of CSNwashington.com reports. "[Harper's] one of the guys on our team," Williams said Wednesday. "He's a very important part of our team. Just like everybody else is."

Williams raised some eyebrows Wednesday morning when he entertained a question about Harper being sent to the minors in a radio interview, but he emphatically dispelled the idea later in the day. Harper is batting .214 since his return from a thumb injury, with just five extra-base hits in 98 at-bats, and the frustration showed Tuesday night when he spiked his helmet after flying out to the warning track.

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Harper is back in the lineup Monday against the Orioles, James Wagner of the Washington Post reports.