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As the 2010 MLB season comes to its midpoint and the Mid-Summer Classic, here are my first half awards.

MVP

Miguel Cabrera, 1B, Detroit Tigers

The 27 year old Tigers’ first baseman is in the midst of another stellar, under-the-radar season. After six straight seasons of 100+ RBIs, he has a league-leading 71 at the break, putting him on pace for a fantastic 140. Pair that with a .339 average (tied for 4th in the MLB) and 20 HR (tied for 2nd), and Cabrera has quietly become a Triple Crown threat. Look for him to have the same success in the second half and, hopefully for him, lead his team to the playoffs.

Cy Young Award

David Price, SP, Tampa Bay Rays

Following his key role in the 2008 Playoffs, Price had a subpar 2009 season, going 10-7 with an ERA of 4.42. But, he seems to be back to fulfill the promise he showed as a rookie. At the break, Price is 11-4 with a 2.42 ERA and 90 K’s in 16 starts. The only question that remains is, can he sustain the grind of 30+ starts and, perhaps, a playoff run? With the selection of pitches he has and the fact that he’s a lefty, he should be able to.

Rookie of the Year

Neftali Feliz, CP, Texas Rangers

While most of the  rookie buzz has been surrounding a certain phenom in our nation’s capital, Neftali Feliz has done a nice job closing games for the Rangers. At the break, he has 22 saves and an ERA of 3.00.

Manager of the Year

Joe Girardi, New York Yankees

The Yankees, being the only team in the MLB with 50 wins at the half-way point, have been led by their general. Joe Girardi. Girardi has done a good job this year taking on a variety of managerial calls, including developing young starter Phil Hughes, working with a struggling Mark Texiera, and, the toughest of all, defending the World Series crown with the inherent target-on-the-back that comes with it.

-Dan Martin

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Mariano Rivera watches the first grand slam he's given up since 2002

Can you baseball fans go back eight years ago and think about the New York Yankees? Well, if you’re a dedicated Yanks fan you can remember that was the last time Mariano Rivera gave up a grand slam. Fast forward to May 16th 2010, Rivera allows one.

It came in the ninth inning yesterday against the Minnesota Twins Jason Kubel. Kubel drilled a the ball into right field and cleared the bases as the Twins would go on to win 6-3, thanks in part to that home run.

After speaking to a few Yankees fans I get the sense that this isn’t a problem and I could have told you that with out talking to Yankees fans. Mariano Rivera is if not the greatest closer of all-time, then definitely a top 5. Rivera will bounce back and have another 40 plus save season. He has seven saves this year with a 1.59 ERA in 11 innings with 11 strikeouts. When The Sandman enters the game, teams should still fear what he is capable of doing. He might be 40 years old, but his cutter has yet to lose its touch.

-Tim Dimas

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After a dismal performance in the first of their double header, The New York Yankees went on an offensive serge as well as another brilliant pitching performance from Phil Hughes.

Hughes went 7 innings striking out 8 Detroit Tigers batters and only allowing 5 hits. Javier Vazquez had similar numbers in the first of the two games but wasn’t able to get the run support Hughes got.

The Yankees scored 8 runs in the night game to the afternoons 0 runs. Mark Teixeria went 2-5 with 3 runs batted in and Alex Rodriguez went also 2-5 but with 2 runs batted in. Brett Gardner went 3-5 with one run batted in and stole his 16th base of the season. Joba Chamberlain got the hold tossing 1 scoreless inning and Mariano Rivera made his first appearance on the mound since April 30th. He joked after the game saying “I got a little map” which he used to find his way back to the mound.

Yankees will square off again against the Tigers for the fourth game of the series in which Detroit has won 2 of the 3 so far. Great pitchers set to take the mound as C.C. Sabathia (4-1 3.04ERA) takes on Justin Verlander (3-2 4.50ERA) today at 1:15.

-Tim

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Just when it looked like Javier Vazquez would finally pitch a good game something went wrong and no it wasn’t Javy.

Vazquez final line was 7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, and a loss but looking at that line you would wonder how he lost. Look at the Yankee’s offensive numbers. 4 hits total and 7 men left on base. You can’t expect to win like that. Their 3,4,5 hitters combined to go 1-12 with a strikeout and the 3,4,5 hitters consist of Mark Teixeria, Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano.

Maybe it isn’t meant for Javier Vazquez to be a winner in New York. Yankees would lose 2-0 to The Detroit Tigers in game one of their double header

-Tim

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If you just woke up from being asleep since Thursday night and looked in the score box and saw The Boston Red Sox’s had won 9-3 last night over The New York Yankees you would have missed The Yanks destruction of Boston in the first two games. The Yankees won 10-3 Friday night and 14-3 Saturday afternoon in which Mark Teixeria belted three home runs in the game.

The Yankees now stand at 21-9, one game behind The Tampa Bay Rays in the American League East Division and Boston sits at 16-16 on the season, not looking like a team experts picked to be one of the better teams in the league because of their deep pitching.

The Yankees are continuing their dominance as expected. They have won 8 of their 9 series to start the season even with Teixeria and Rodriguez not having their usual numbers. Robinson Cano has been terrific hitting .353 with 9 home runs and 22 runs batted in. Their pitchers have all looked strong except for Javier Vazquez who was skipped in this weekend series against Boston but will return this upcoming week as the Yankees face The Detroit Tigers in a 3 game series.

Yanks are starting hot, Boston is not. The saying goes “It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish” Only two months into baseball there is still time to see how these two team shape up.

-Tim