In the American League, the cream of the crop has got to be the Detroit Tigers.
|Tigers starting pitcher David Price - acquired July 31|
|Tigers designated hitter Miguel Cabrera|
|Athletics starting pitcher Jon Lester - acquired July 31|
(An interesting note on Samardzija: Samardzija began the season as the world’s preeminent hard luck loser. Boasting a 1.46 ERA through his first 10 starts despite an 0-4 record, he set a major league record for winless pitchers through their first 10 starts of a season ... So far with Oakland, he’s 2-1 with a 3.09 ERA in six starts.)
|Ex-Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes|
|Angels centerfielder Mike Trout|
More offense? Right-fielder Kole Calhoun has blossomed in his second year, batting .280 with 11 homers and 32 RBI in 293 at-bats … and then there’s former AL MVP Josh Hamilton. Hamilton missed most of April and all of May, but he has provided steady production overall – batting .283 with 8 HR and 35 RBI in 244 at-bats. If Hamilton finds his power stroke, the Angels will be all the more formidable for it.
|Angels starting pitcher Garret Richards|
|Orioles starting pitcher Wei-Yin Chen|
|Orioles outfielders Adam Jones and Nelson Cruz|
|Mariners ace pitcher Felix Hernandez|
|Mariners starting pitcher Chris Young|