Mike Lowell, 3B
An afterthought in the Josh Beckett deal, Mike Lowell got off to a great start, erasing any worries that his abysmal 2005 campaign would repeat itself in 2006. Last season, Lowell hit just .236 with 8 home runs. This year, Lowell is back on track, hitting .307 with 11 home runs and a major league-leading 31 doubles at the break.
(Globe Staff Photo / Barry Chin)