Kevin Youkilis, 1B
Youkilis broke out with an incredible offensive season, one that led to a third-place finish in MVP voting. And, in a surprising development, Youkilis led the team in 2008 with 29 home runs. He'll be relied on to duplicate his power and average to lead the offense from the middle of the order this season. While he didn't quite tear it up in the WBC (.182 average), three of his four hits were home runs.
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