11 MLB Stars Who Need to Step Up Big in September

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11 MLB Stars Who Need to Step Up Big in September
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The playoffs are approaching quicker than Mark Sanchez's demise, and as MLB teams prepare to make a final push for a spot, their stars will come out to shine.

Whether it's a team like the Los Angeles Dodgers looking to finish strong, the Boston Red Sox hoping to hold out on their division foes or the Texas Rangers and Oakland Athletics dueling it out for a first-place finish, each organization will call upon its star player(s) to close out the regular season.

For some players, a hot September can validate a questionable contract, while others may earn a lucrative new deal. 

Let's take a look at 11 players who must make a positive impact in the final three weeks of play.

 

All statistics as of September 5, 2013 and courtesy of Baseball Reference

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