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•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.
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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.
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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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