AL MVP Rankings: With Robinson Cano Slipping, Adrian Beltre Continues Charge

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AL MVP Rankings: With Robinson Cano Slipping, Adrian Beltre Continues Charge
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For a while there, the American League MVP race was a two-horse race between Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout, with Robinson Cano lingering close by in the rear-view mirror threatening to make a charge.

With less than a month to go in the regular season, the AL MVP race is still very much a two-horse race between Cabrera and Trout. What's changed in the last couple weeks is that it's no longer Cano who is lingering nearby.

It's Adrian Beltre.

Over the last two weeks, no player in the Junior Circuit has been as hot as Beltre. He's swinging the bat as well as he ever has, and he's continued to provide Gold Glove-caliber defense for the Rangers at the hot corner.

Beltre popped up in my weekly AL MVP rankings for the first time last week, and he proceeded to continue his charge in the ensuing days. Needless to say, he's back in there again this week.

Scroll ahead to see where Beltre and the other candidates rank in this week's top five.

Note: All stats come from Baseball-Reference.com unless otherwise noted.

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