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D12: Andrus, Coghlan jockey atop crowded Rookie of Year fields

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1. MLB names its Rookie of the Year in the AL and NL at 2 p.m. EST. Nobody, not even the Rangers' Elvis Andrus(notes) (above left) or the Marlins' Chris Coghlan(notes) is a clear favorite in either league.
2. White Sox infielder Gordon Beckham(notes) won the AL ROY from the Sporting News and from the Major League Baseball Players Association, but isn't guaranteed of a triple crown.
3. One view in Oakland is that Andrus, the best-fielding shortstop in the majors according to many defensive metrics, is "the clear favorite."
4. One view in Texas is, if anybody can spring a surprise on Andrus, it's A's closer Andrew Bailey(notes), who had 26 saves and a 1.84 ERA.
5. Elsewhere deep in the heart of Texas, fatalism reigns for Andrus' chances — even if he's the best candidate in the AL. Dallas Morning News
6. Porcello is the clear front-runner, Tigers manager Jim Leyland said.
Andrus and Braves' right-hander Tommy Hanson(notes) won in a vote of blogs. SB Nation
8. Hanson led NL rookies in ERA, K's per nine innings, WHIP and opponents batting average.
9. Coghlan could become the Marlins' third ROY already.
10. But Coghlan doesn't deserve the honor as much as others. South Florida Sun-Sentinel
11. Nah, Coghlan's the favorite — but J.A. Happ(notes) did lead rookies in victories and, like Beckham in the AL, has rookie awards from the Sporting News and the Players' Association.
12. Brewers infielder Casey McGehee(notes) would be proud to finish second or third.

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