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James Shields first-half MVP

Updated: July 5, 2011, 2:09 PM ET
By Tristan H. Cockcroft | ESPN.com

Let's kick things off with some trivia: Who is the only pitcher in baseball to, in each of this season's first three months (April, May and June), record at least 30 strikeouts with a 3.00 ERA and 1.00 WHIP or better (minimum five starts)?

Depending upon whether you own him -- or whether you have been one of the many to question my conservative ranking of him for much of the year -- you might already know the answer: It's James Shields of the Tampa Bay Rays.

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