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Its rare for a pitcher to win an MVP award. Wholesale Air Max Shoes .For the same pitcher to win it twice is almost unheard of.If the season ended now, Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers would have a good chance to do just that. With an 11-2 record and a 1.79 ERA, the left-hander is putting up numbers awfully similar to those of his MVP campaign in 2014. The big question now is how quickly he can come back from a back injury that landed him on the disabled list.In 2014, Kershaw became the first pitcher to win the National League MVP since Bob Gibson in 1968. It isnt exactly common in the AL either, and for one pitcher to win twice in three years would be a staggering achievement. Since the MVP was first awarded by the BBWAA in 1931, only two pitchers have won the award more than once. Hal Newhouser took AL honors in 1944 and 1945, and Carl Hubbell won the NL version in 1933 and 1936.Both those players did it before there was a Cy Young Award for pitchers to win. So Kershaw faces an additional obstacle: Now that pitchers have their own award, theres always a debate over whether they should have a chance to be the MVP as well.Working in Kershaws favor is the fact that no position player in the NL has emerged in the way Bryce Harper did last year, when he won MVP honors. Among NL position players in 2016, the best candidates might be batting leader Daniel Murphy or home run leader Kris Bryant. Neither is having the type of transcendent year that would keep Kershaw out of the conversation.Heres a look at some other major award races:NL Cy Young: Its still possible for Kershaw to miss out on the MVP and the Cy Young. He has plenty of competition for the latter, be it from San Franciscos duo of Madison Bumgarner and Johnny Cueto or Jose Fernandez of Miami. And then theres Stephen Strasburg of Washington, who is 12-0 with a 2.62 ERA.AL MVP: Josh Donaldson of Toronto edged Mike Trout of Los Angeles for this award last year, and they might finish 1-2 again. Like in 2015, Donaldsons team is playing better than Trouts -- which could swing the race in the Toronto sluggers favor.AL Cy Young: Chris Sale of the Chicago White Sox has the eye-opening record (14-3) but his 3.38 ERA is high enough to leave the door open for other candidates. Oaklands Rich Hill is 9-3 with a 2.25 ERA, but hes thrown only 76 innings. Clevelands Danny Salazar could also factor into this wide open race, and there might even be room for a reliever to make a case -- Baltimores Zach Britton has 27 saves and an 0.72 ERA.Here are a few other developments from around baseball this past week:STRUGGLING CHAMPSThe Kansas City Royals lost arguably their most intimidating player when closer Wade Davis went on the disabled list with a strained right forearm. Davis is 1-0 with a 1.23 ERA and 19 saves -- and thats actually a higher ERA than he had in 2014 or 2015. Kansas City is tied for third in the AL Central, seven games out of first place. The Royals are also 4 1/2 games out of a wild card.FANTASY FOCUSSpeaking of injured closers, Boston lost Craig Kimbrel to a knee problem, and the Red Sox acquired Brad Ziegler from Arizona to fill in. Ziegler is expected to share closing duties with Koji Uehara.LINE OF THE WEEKYasmani Grandal of the Los Angeles Dodgers hit three home runs and had six RBI in a 10-6 win over San Diego on Friday night. He became the third Dodgers catcher to hit three homers in a game, joining Mike Piazza and Roy Campanella.---Follow Noah Trister at Max 95 Sale China . Its sharpness matched my mind. This was no night to go to sleep. Air Max Shoes Online . A statement from the worlds top-ranked player says all checks "were satisfactory and showed positive evolution" regarding the injury, which contributed to his loss to Stanislas Wawrinka in the final in Melbourne. .C. -- When North Carolina freshman Ryan Switzer reported to training camp in August he was a little miffed to learn he was third on the depth chart at punt returner.BALTIMORE -- Los Angeles Angels right-hander Robert Coello has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation. Coello has given up three runs in two-thirds of an inning in each of his past two appearances out of the Los Angeles bullpen. Prior to that, he allowed one run over 11 games. Now in hiss third major league season, Coello is 2-2 with a 4. Cheap Nike Air Max 90. 30 ERA. The Angels recalled right-hander Dane De La Rosa from Triple-A Salt Lake to fill out the bullpen. De La Rosa leads Los Angeles with 27 appearances this season but was optioned to Salt Lake on June 5. De La Rosa is 1-1 with a 3.05 ERA. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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