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Coming At You Midway through a season of surprises, power is surging, relievers are flourishing, and as many improbable names as familiar ones are making headlines. Here are the breakthrough players, the unnoticed MVP and the skinny on the second half


COLOR PHOTO: DAVID LIAM KYLE Incoming!The Indians' Jim Thome ducked to dodge a pitch last Saturday from one of the Reds' '99 surprises, Ron Villone.