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Billy Hamilton could steal the NL rookie-of-the-year award
Billy Hamilton could steal the NL rookie-of-the-year award

At the All-Star break, a speedster is a top candidate for National League rookie of the year, and a pitcher's recovery from injury could determine the AL winner. In the NL, if the award was based on stolen bases alone, it probably would go to Cincinnati’s Billy Hamilton, whose 38 stolen bases are second in the league to 43 for the Dodgers’ Dee Gordon. Hamilton also is batting .285 with 19 doubles and 38 RBIs. Shortstop Chris Owings of the Arizona Diamondbacks (.277, six home runs, 21 runs batted in) is also a contender. In the AL, the Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka (12-4 record, 2.51 earned-run average) was a favorite but the pitcher’s sore right elbow might...

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