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Sizing up the MVP races

Rockies' Troy Tulowitzki, Angels' Mike Trout emerge as early leaders

Originally Published: May 2, 2014
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

Most Valuable Player debates typically gain momentum after the All-Star break, when leaders step forward, narratives take shape and the baseball writing community begins to pay closer attention and start chronicling the "horse race" element of the proceedings.

But forewords are written and trends are established in April, and this year has been no different.

The National League has a stronger earlier field out of the gate, as evidenced by the absence of Carlos Gomez, ...

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