Twins sparkplug Luis Arraez rises to top of batting race

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MINNEAPOLIS — Cleveland manager Terry Francona predicted Luis Arraez would one day win a batting title when he arrived three years ago with division rival Minnesota. Francona is halfway there this season. Arraez led the American League with a .344 average entering Wednesday. That's more than 100 points above the major league average. Arraez is also among baseball's leaders in on-base percentage, strikeout rate and two-strike hitting. He's made a strong case for his first All-Star team. Healthy knees and a narrowing of his positions on defense have also helped him at the plate.

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