RF Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners Hitting .339, he rebounded from a slow start to head a thin class of rightfielders, edging Tampa Bay's Aubrey Huff.
DH Edgar Martinez, Mariners One of the game's great pure hitters is having such a big year (.303, 14 HR) that he's reconsidering retirement.
Starting pitcher Esteban Loaiza, White Sox He led the AL in ERA (2.24) and at 9-2 needed two more wins to match his single-season career high.
C Javy Lopez, Braves
After his slugging percentage fell for four straight years, he had 19 homers at week's end in a career-resuscitating season.
IB Todd Helton, Rockies
Even with pitiful numbers outside of Coors Field (.269,16 RBIs), Helton gets the edge over the Brewers' Richie Sexson.
2B Marcus Giles, Braves
He led NL second basemen in runs (45), doubles (24) and OPS (on-base percentage plus slugging percentage, .930).
3B Scott Rolen, Cardinals
His smarts and athleticism at third are unmatched. Rolen gets the tough call over Mike Lowell of Florida with a significant lead in OBP (.397 to .360).
SS Edgar Renteria, Cardinals
Florida's Alex Gonzalez and Atlanta's Rafael Furcal are having excellent seasons, but Renteria has the whole package: speed, defense and power.
LF Albert Pujols, Cardinals
You know you're having a great year when you keep Barry Bonds off the varsity. Pujols has been almost Triple Crown great while pushing .400.