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Turning struggles into success

Alex Rios and Freddy Sanchez are among five players who are having breakout seasons offensively.

Originally Published: June 26, 2006
By Sean McAdam | Special to ESPN.com

Some special seasons, it seems, come out of nowhere.

Few expected rookie Jonathan Papelbon to take to the Boston Red Sox closer's role as well -- and as quickly -- as he has. The same goes for Dan Uggla, hardly the most highly regarded of the Florida Marlins' slew of rookies, yet, so far, the most productive.

Those kinds of astounding rookie seasons are rare indeed.

It's far more common for players to take some time before completing their learning curve. There are false starts, ...

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