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Trailing by seven games in the NL wild-card race on Aug. 26, they had won nine straight games through Sunday to close to within a game and a half.
When he drove in his 100th RBI on Aug. 29, Pujols became the first player to begin his career with four straight 30-homer, 100-RBI seasons.
Justin Morneau, 1B, Twins
He's thrived as the club's new every-day first baseman: 12 homers and 30 RBIs since July 31.
After a promising first half, Lou Piniella's team had lost 17 of 22 games and was on pace to lose at least 90 games for the seventh straight season.