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American League: Carlos Quintana , RED sox. Remember Boston's chasm at this position in the spring? Quintana has filled it nicely, hitting .320 and playing better defense than anyone dreamed he could.
National League: Todd Benzinger , REDS. Though overshadowed by teammates Chris Sabo, Barry Larkin and Eric Davis, Benzinger at week's end had quietly driven in 39 runs, a disproportionate number of them in clutch situations.
American League: Jody Reed , RED sox. The 165-pound Reed is about half the size of the A's Jose Canseco, but he had more extra-base hits (27-23). He is also top-notch defensively.
National League: Jose Lind , PIRATES. He hit .305, with only three errors. Lind may be better on defense than the Cubs' Ryne Sandberg.
American League: Kurt Stillwell , ROYALS. Kansas City's indispensable player. Doctors thought he had suffered a season-ending back injury last week, but it was a kidney stone, and Stillwell returned to the lineup.
National League: Spike Owen, EXPOS. He has ordinary numbers except for his error total (2), but his leadership and timely hitting have been key to the Expos' surprisingly successful first half.