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Terry Collins

Playing with swing in his step

The psychoanalyst Helene Deutsch once said "the ultimate goal of all research is not objectivity, but truth." It's in that spirit that we conclude Curtis Granderson should be the American League's first-half Most Valuable Player. A crowd of players deserves consideration. The Blue Jays' Jose Bautista is once again putting up the biggest numbers with a majors-leading 29 home runs (all numbers are entering the weekend), and Adrian Gonzalez has carried the Red Sox with league-leading totals in average (.351) and RBIs (76). Paul Konerko (.316-22-64) has been a beacon of light for the White Sox, and Miguel Cabrera has been as good as usual for the Tigers. But at the...