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Why Beltre could win the MVP

September surge puts him among MVP favorites beside Paul Konerko

Updated: September 17, 2010, 5:44 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- So, who wins the American League Most Valuable Player Award now that it is clear that Texas Rangers center fielder Josh Hamilton, the odds-on favorite, has been sidelined by bruised ribs that could cost him most of September?

My ESPN colleague Jayson Stark recently noted that no position player in history has won an MVP in a non-strike year without playing at least 10 games from Sept. 1 on. And only one, Dick Groat, played fewer than 15 games.

Hamilton could still win the ...

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