Playing Fact or Fiction with MLB's Biggest First-Quarter Breakouts

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Playing Fact or Fiction with MLB's Biggest First-Quarter Breakouts
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Otherwise known as our latest excuse to talk about Masahiro Tanaka.

Before any MLB season starts, we pretend to know who the stars are going to be. Typically, the list includes players who are accustomed to being stars. Such is the way of things.

But then some players outperform expectations. Other players massively outperform expectations—especially early in the season. Like so many White Walkers, the breakout stars inevitably come.

One thing we can do when the breakout stars come early in the season is simply enjoy them. But at some point, we have to do the other thing: try to discern which of them are for real.

The 2014 season being a quarter of the way through is our excuse to do so, which we will do in the form of the classic "Fact or Fiction" game with the 10 biggest breakout stars out there right now.

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