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5 Elite MLB Rookies to Watch This Weekend in Pennant-Race Battles
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As Major League Baseball enters the home stretch of the 2012 season, playoff races are anything but decided. And if you thought the last night of the 2011 regular season was one of the greatest nights in baseball history, then the conclusion of the current season has the potential to absolutely melt your face.

It’s no coincidence that most of the teams in the playoff hunt have featured a strong performance from some of baseball’s top rookies.

Young players like Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Matt Moore, Jarrod Parker and Manny Machado have been vital toward their teams' success and may ultimately dictate whether their franchises reach the postseason.

So, as we look ahead at this weekend's upcoming series throughout the major leagues, I thought that I’d put into perspective just how much each of these phenoms mean to their teams.

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