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The many unexpected performers

Tigers' Brennan Boesch and Braves' Martin Prado among several first-half surprises

Originally Published: June 30, 2010
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

Lots of spring training scenarios have played out according to expectations in April, May and June. The Yankees, Rays and Red Sox are duking it out at the top of the American League East. Stephen Strasburg is as good as advertised. And although no one could have predicted that Ubaldo Jimenez would be 14-1 with a 1.83 ERA, everybody knew the kid was for real.

These storylines can all be filed under "What else is new?"

But several other developments have seemingly come out of nowhere. ...

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