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    Power and Speed

    Carlos Gonzalez has a stunning combination of power and speed.
    Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - I recently did a piece on the up-and- coming Colorado outfielder Carlos Gonzalez and the likelihood that he will be a first-round fantasy selection in 2011. Gonzalez has a stunning combination of power and speed.

    Unfortunately, it's an all-to-rare attribute to get out of just one player. So if you aren't lucky enough to have "Gonzo" on your roster, there are ways to get the same production, it will just take two players instead of one.

    Along with Gonzalez's eight home runs over the last two weeks, Adam Dunn (7), Dan Uggla (6), Paul Konerko (6), Mark Teixeira (6) and Jose Bautista (6) have all hit at least six homers. Unfortunately, all are owned by in more than 90% of all leagues.

    However, there are a few guys who may be able to help you down the final 50- game stretch.

    Aaron Hill, he of the season-long slump, is finally waking up and in more than a few leagues has been dropped by a frustrated owner. Sure he is only hitting .213 for the season, but over the past two weeks he's batting .300 with four homers. Check your free agent list to see if he's on it.

    The seemingly always injured Alex Gordon has finally begun to show some life. After playing just 49 games last season and 28 this year, Gordon hit four home runs this week while batting .268. Although he's playing the outfield for the Royals, he's usually eligible at third base too.

    Then there is Arizona first baseman Adam LaRoche who always starts the season slowly, but as the summer heats up, so does his bat. True to his form, LaRoche is hitting .346 for the last two weeks with four home runs and 12 RBI. He's owned in 63% of all leagues.

    And for those searching for catching help with both Geovany Soto and Carlos Santana having recently gone on the disabled list, Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz has been hitting well. He's batting .400 with three homers and 14 RBIs over the past two weeks and is owned in just 32% of all leagues.

    For the speed aspect, I offer you two players who have been producing solid numbers over the past two weeks. Andres Torres (63% owned) and Juan Pierre (56% owned). Both have been a terror both on the base path and at the plate over the past 14 days.

    Torres, who leads off for the San Francisco Giants, is batting .386 over that span (22-for-57) with two home runs, seven RBIs and four stolen bases.

    Pierre, is batting .357 (20-for-56) with seven stolen bases and he even hit a home run. Don't expect anymore power from Pierre, it was his first home run since September 15, 2008, a total of 809 at-bats.

    There are still two months left in the baseball season, so don't quit fighting.



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    Welcome to Great38 Tampa Bay WTTA-TV/DT - WFLA News Channel 8

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      St Pete pet shelter reminds about vaccination Video included

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      Natalia Lima from Friends of Strays brought Vixen by the studio to remind us of the importance of vaccinating your pets. More>>

      • Great Stuff

      Pinellas deputy who broke up beach fight tells how he did it Video included

      Updated:

      Pinellas County Sheriff's deputy Sgt. Bryan Bingham went viral a few weeks ago when a video surfaced of him breaking up a fight on St. Pete Beach. More>>

      New centre opens doors to business women in Tampa Bay Video included

      Updated:

      Florida ranks fourth in the country for the number of women-owned businesses, contributing $77.4 billion to the state's economy. More>>

      Enter to win tickets to Nitro Jam

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      8 fun things to do in Tampa Bay this weekend | March 14-15 Video included

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      News Now: Charity Polo Classic Video included

      Updated:

      Every year, Morgan Auto Group hosts their annual Charity Polo Classic. It's an event unlike any other in this area.This year, it is taking place on March 21st and benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay and Children's Cancer Center. More>>

      Celebrating Music Education Spirit Week Video included

      Updated:

      We are celebrating kids who rock with Music Education Spirit Week! Lorri Naylor, a Lowry Elementary School teacher and a part of the Hillsborough County Elementary Music Educators Council, fills us in on the festivities.
      More>>

      USF 'Young Innovator' creates anti-bully band Video included

      Updated:

      Every year, USF holds their Young Innovator Competition, encouraging kids between kindergarten and 8th grade to invent something new or improve upon something that already exists. Meet Alexis Martin, this year's winner. The Anti-Bully Band she invented is her plan to stop bullying. More>>

      Tournament to honor Spring Hill firefighter

      Updated:

      In 2010, James Santella, a firefighter from Spring Hill, started having trouble putting his gear on. Shortly after, he was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
      More>>

      Boys and Girls Clubs of the Suncoast 'Youth of the Year'

      Updated:

      Boys and Girls Clubs play a vital role in communities across the country. Here in the Bay Area, the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Suncoast serve as a safe place for local kids to learn and grow. Each year, they select somebody who promotes service to the club and shows strong moral character and academic success as their Youth of the Year. Recently, Kassindjaa Montague was given this honor. She sits down with Jenn to tell us her story. More>>

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