VERLANDER

CHASE FOR THE CY YOUNG

CAIN

Winning last year's AL Cy Young was like taking candy from a baby for Justin Verlander. This year, the babies grew up a bit. Can the Tigers' ace heat up and bring home the hardware? Will the Giants' Matt Cain find a perfect ending to his season in the NL? Go to SI.com for Cliff Corcoran's weekly MLB Awards Watch to find out who's in the running for the biggest prize in pitching. Plus ...

Jay Jaffe's Hit and Run Blog: In what's been announced as Chipper Jones's final season, the 40-year-old third baseman has been hitting .339/.414/.614 since the beginning of July, tops among the Braves' regulars. Doesn't sound like the retiring sort to me....

Power Rankings: The Dodgers played themselves into sole possession of first place in the NL West last week, while the Diamondbacks won four straight games to close to within 4½ games of the Giants, and are now the highest-ranked NL West club on our list.

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PHOTO ILLUSTRATIONBASEBALL ILLUSTRATION BY ALEXIS SANCHEZ; JOHN BIEVER (VERLANDER, BALL); BRAD MANGIN (CAIN) PHOTOMEL LEVINE (KING) THREE PHOTOS ILLUSTRATION

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