MVP Miguel Tejada, SS, Orioles. Given his position, his power (19 homers) and the boundless energy he brings to the surprise AL East contenders, he's the game's premier indispensable player.
CY YOUNG AWARD Roy Halladay, RHP, Blue Jays. Only six pitchers have won a second Cy Young by age 28: Denny McLain, Tom Seaver, Bret Saberhagen, Roger Clemens, Greg Maddux and Pedro Martinez. With a masterly combination of precision (15 walks in 16 starts) and power (91 strikeouts), Halladay could be the next.
MANAGER OF THE YEAR Ozzie Guillen, White Sox. He's made the resourceful Sox (20--8 in one-run games) fun to watch, especially in the late innings.
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR Tadahito Iguchi, 2B, White Sox. He's been as steady as advertised--actually, better. A .271 career hitter in Japan, Iguchi was hitting .287 at week's end with a solid .347 OBP.
ROOKIE PITCHER OF THE YEAR Chris Young, RHP, Rangers. How tough is it for any pitcher, never mind a rookie, to fashion a 3.21 ERA for Texas, whose home park is known to be hitter-friendly? No Ranger with enough innings to qualify for the ERA title has finished a season with a mark that low since Nolan Ryan's 2.91 in 1991.
BEST CLOSER Mariano Rivera, RHP, Yankees. Incomparable. Since allowing two earned runs in his first two appearances, Rivera has allowed just one in 27 innings (0.33 ERA).
BEST FREE-AGENT ADDITION Matt Clement, RHP, Red Sox. Boston made the best choice from last winter's well-stocked midlevel starting pitcher market. Clement (9--1, 3.33) has prospered with catcher Jason Varitek.
WORST FREE-AGENT ADDITION Tony Womack, OF, Yankees. Womack (two years, $4 million) has a very digestible contract for the Yankees, but he also has the majors' worst slugging percentage (.265, on five extra-base hits, including just one since April 26) and fifth-worst on-base percentage (.273). ?