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Mookie Betts will not be the run­nerup in Amer­i­can League MVP vot­ing again this sea­son, but as his re­cent surge at the plate demon­strates, his skillset as a hit­ter is still elite.

Even in a so-called “down” year, the 24-year-old again has 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases — the first Red Sox ever to do that in back-to­back years. Plus, his big game to reach those marks — two homers and a triple in Tuesday’s whomp­ing of Oak­land — put him in rar­efied com­pany for a player so young.

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