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10 MLB Players Who Will Shine Down the Home Stretch
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The addition of a second wild card has made the push for 2012 MLB postseason even more exciting than in years past, and Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria leads a list of players who will perform well down the stretch to try to reach the playoffs.

Last season featured collapses by the Atlanta Braves and Boston Red Sox, so no lead is safe with two months to go. Several teams like the New York Yankees are in great position to make the postseason.

Those teams will still need big performances from players, and most of the key players are not the team's best players. The players range from veterans nearing the end of their careers to players picked up at the trade deadline to help a team make a postseason run.

While position players will have the biggest impact on a team, a dominant pitcher can lead the team to victories.

One player can carry a team down the stretch, although it helps when multiple players step up. These 10 players are not necessarily the best players on their team, but they are due for a big final two months.

Big performances by these players will have their teams in great position for October baseball. 

 

*All stats are from ESPN.com as of 8/6/2012

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