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The Kickoff

July 06, 2006|By SHEIL KAPADIA

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Carl Crawford, outfielder, Devil Rays -- Tampa Bay's speedy 24-year-old is 12-for-22 (.545) with a pair of homers and three stolen bases in his past five games. Crawford has 12 home runs this season after hitting 15 last year. He is second in the American League to the Orioles' Corey Patterson with 29 stolen bases.

Pedro Feliz, third baseman, Giants -- He has five homers and 12 RBIs in his past six games. While not in the league of the National League's elite fantasy third basemen, Feliz has quietly produced 14 homers and 58 RBIs to go along with a .271 average.

Erik Bedard, starter, Orioles -- The left-hander has won four straight starts to improve to 9-6. In his past three outings, Bedard has allowed one earned run in 23 innings while striking out 26 and walking three.

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David Wright, third baseman, Mets -- New York's slugger is 3-for-16 (.188) in his past five games. Wright is homerless in his past 10, but he has been a fantasy standout all year with 18 HRs and 68 RBIs to go along with a .320 average.

Michael Young, shortstop, Rangers -- He is 4-for-20 (.200) in his past five games and hasn't homered in his past 14. Young is hitting .317, but he has managed only five home runs after averaging 23 over the past two seasons.

Mark Prior, starter, Cubs -- Chicago's pitcher is 0-4 this year since returning from the disabled list. Prior has yet to throw more than six innings in any start and has walked eight batters in his past two. He pitched better in his last game against the Astros, allowing three earned runs in six innings.

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