Published: March 28, 2008
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Texas
•SS Michael Young

Is one of only two active players (with Ichiro Suzuki) entering this year with five consecutive 200-hit seasons.

•2B Ian Kinsler

Only 25, had 20 homers and 20 stolen bases last season, his second in the major leagues.

•1B-OF Jason Botts

Hit a ball over The Brick's right field upper deck as a RedHawk, is opening the season with Texas.

•OF Josh Hamilton

Appears to have come back strong from drug problems and could be a superstar.

•RP C.J. Wilson

Still just 27, could become one of the top left-handed closers in the game.

Chicago White Sox
•SS Orlando Cabrera

Acquired from the Angels, led American League shortstops with a .983 fielding percentage last year.

•OF Nick Swisher

A switch-hitter acquired from the A's, figures to bring a big boost to a struggling Sox offense.

•3B Joe Crede

The AL's top hitting third sacker in 2006, was sidelined by back surgery last June.

•DH Jim Thome

Joined the 500 homer club last year and has hit 35 or more homers in seven of the past eight seasons.

•RP Bobby Jenks

Tied a major league record by retiring 41 consecutive batters last season.



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