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Surging Andrew Benintendi could challenge Aaron Judge for rookie honors

Andrew Benintendi celebrates as he scores the go-ahead run during the seventh inning against the Yankees on Friday, August 18.
Andrew Benintendi celebrates as he scores the go-ahead run during the seventh inning against the Yankees on Friday, August 18. –Barry Chin/Globe Staff

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For a while we thought Aaron Judge was a slam dunk for Rookie of the Year and MVP.

Then after his cold second-half start we thought, OK, he’s likely lost the MVP but he’s still got the Rookie of the Year. But now as the slide continues and Andrew Benintendi’s play keeps rising, Benintendi may be ready to rejoin the Rookie of the Year narrative.

It’s still difficult to ignore Judge’s 1.022 OPS, and his 37 homers and 80 RBIs, leading all rookies. But you also have his strikeout streak going on and his dreadful second half. By striking out in his second at-bat against Chris Sale on Saturday he became the first player to strike out in 36 straight games within a single season.

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