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Updated Top 5 Candidates for 2014 AL Comeback Player of the Year

Updated Top 5 Candidates for 2014 AL Comeback Player of the Year

Melky Cabrera
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The race for this year's AL Comeback Player of the Year trophy features an assortment of deserving candidates who have all bounced back from subpar or injury-plagued 2013 campaigns. Here is an updated list of five players who are enjoying success this season and are in the running for this year's award.

5. Derek Jeter, New York Yankees

Derek Jeter New York Yankees
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5. Derek Jeter, New York Yankees

Derek Jeter New York Yankees
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The 40-year-old future Hall of Famer played in only 17 games last year, but he has put together an impressive farewell tour this season. The 14-time All-Star has played in 106 games and is batting .270 with three homers, 13 doubles and 116 hits.

4. Phil Hughes, Minnesota Twins

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4. Phil Hughes, Minnesota Twins

Phil Hughes Minnesota Twins
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The 28-year-old right-hander has forgotten last year's debacle -- a 4-14 record with a 5.19 ERA -- to become the Twins' staff ace this season with a 12-8 record. The former first-rounder has tallied a respectable 3.88 ERA and 134 strikeouts over 150.2 innings for the rebuilding Minnesota franchise.

3. Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Angels

Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Angels
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3. Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Angels

Albert Pujols Los Angeles Angels
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One year after failing to play in 100 games for the first time in his career, the nine-time All-Star has rebounded in a big way. The 34-year-old slugger joined the 500 home run club in April and is batting .273 with 22 homers and 73 RBIs for the playoff-bound Angels.

2. Chris Young, Seattle Mariners

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2. Chris Young, Seattle Mariners

Chris Young Seattle Mariners
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The 6-foot-10 Texan, who had an injury-marred 2013 and did not pitch in the majors, has solidified the Mariners' starting rotation this season with a 11-6 record and a 3.20 ERA in 140.2 frames. The 35-year-old righty has held opposing teams to a .218 batting mark and needs two more wins to set a career high for wins in a single season.

1. Melky Cabrera Toronto Blue Jays

Melky Cabrera Toronto Blue Jays
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1. Melky Cabrera, Toronto Blue Jays

Melky Cabrera Toronto Blue Jays
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The 30-year-old switch hitter has bounced back from last year's injury-plagued campaign and is currently second in the majors with 155 hits. The 2012 All-Star Game MVP, who batted .279 a year ago in just 88 games, is sixth in the AL with a .314 batting mark while tallying 48 extra-base hits, 69 RBIs and 73 runs.

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