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Angels' Mike Trout has MVP competition in Blue Jays' Josh Donaldson

Angels' Mike Trout has MVP competition in Blue Jays' Josh Donaldson

On the third day of August, the email hit my inbox. It was from one of those online betting sites, sharing the latest odds, running through a list of players that might lead the league in this or win an award for that. Except, that is, for the American League most valuable player award. Mike Trout was the favorite, followed by "any other player." It was Trout against the field, with two months to go. It was Trout, in a rout. No more. It's a two-man race now. Josh Donaldson has risen from the field, just as his Toronto Blue Jays have risen above the Angels and the rest of that stubbornly bulging pack of .500-ish teams in the AL. Donaldson and Trout each have 33 home...

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