08/09/2013 01:31 am ET

McCutchen Jumps To NL MVP Lead; Cabrera Vs. Trout Again In AL - MLB - Cliff Corcoran -


With the dog days of August upon us, injuries are taking their toll on the Most Valuable Player races, particularly in the National League where three of my top five candidates from three weeks ago -- Carlos Gonzalez (finger), David Wright (hamstring) and Yadier Molina (knee) -- have since hit the disabled list, putting an already crowded race even further out of focus. In the American League, Miguel Cabrera has been limited by nagging back and hip injuries, but not so much that his lead in the race has been threatened.

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