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ADRIAN GONZALEZ, Red Sox 1B
Gonzalez lived up to his billing in his first season in Boston, in 2011, hitting .338 with 27 home runs, 117 RBIs and an OPS of .957 after coming over from San Diego. This year has been a different story for the 30-year-old, who started 18 games in rightfield to keep the now-traded Kevin Youkilis in the lineup. Through Sunday, Gonzalez was on pace for career lows in average (.272), homers (six) and OPS (.730).
"He's just trying to pick up for the other losses [the Red Sox] had, injuries, lack of production. I think he's just pressed a little bit. There's nothing wrong with him physically. They have him back at first now. Not only can moving guys around hurt you defensively, but it can affect players offensively. He's one of the best. He'll be fine."
TIM LINCECUM, Giants SP
June 27 represented a step in the right direction for the two-time Cy Young Award winner, but seven shutout innings against the Dodgers lowered Lincecum's ERA only to 5.60 (101st among 106 qualifiers) while lifting his record to 3--8. The 28-year-old righthander has, as usual, more than one strikeout per inning, but his command has deteriorated: He was walking a career-high 4.7 batters per nine at week's end.
"He's really having trouble controlling his fastball. Pitchers just go through slumps—wear and tear on the arm over the years. And he's not the biggest guy [5'11", 175 pounds] in the world. If I could pinpoint his problem, I'd talk to the Giants and see if I could get hired. He's going to come back. I would say it's just a stage he's going through."
ADAM LIND, Blue Jays 1B
In 2009, at age 25, Lind hit .305 with 35 home runs and 114 RBIs. His production declined in '10 and '11 and reached its nadir early this season: He was batting .186 with three home runs and 11 RBIs through May 16 when Toronto banished him to Triple A. After hitting .392 with a 1.112 OPS in 32 games with Las Vegas, Lind was recalled on June 25 and was hitting .250 with two homers and four RBIs in six games back.