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PRINCE FIELDER, TIGERS
As he begins his Tigers career, Fielder is in his prime and surrounded by a deep lineup that should ensure he gets plenty of pitches to hit. He finished in the top five in NL MVP voting twice in the last three years. He's about to make the AL race a lot more interesting.
JUSTIN VERLANDER, TIGERS
The flamethrowing righthander is unquestionably the best hurler in the American League. Now Detroit's ace tries to become only the fifth AL pitcher, and first since Pedro Martinez in 1999 and 2000, to win back-to-back Cy Young Awards.
PAUL KONERKO, WHITE SOX
The one thing Chicago can count on is the perennially overlooked Konerko, who last year, at age 35, hit .300 for the fourth time, 30 home runs for the seventh time and drove in at least 100 runs for the sixth time. To have a prayer of contending, the White Sox can't afford to have their most reliable threat act his age.
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