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    Second Half Hitting Stars - AL West

    Nelson Cruz is ranked 19th overall in production and the good
    news is that he is still only owned in about 88% of all leagues.
    Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - In Part III of our six-part series, we look at second half hitting stars from the American League Western Division. The information is valuable to fantasy owners because it will tell us when to trade away a player (sell high) and when to trade for a player (buy low).

    We will again look at a player's career OPS as our guide and first half/second half as the All-Star break. Obviously, the more years a player has played the more reliable the information. Mark Teixeira's OPS increase in the second half (+.078) is more reliable than Luke Scott's increase (+.129) because Teixeira has six full major league seasons of results versus Scott's two seasons of 400+ at-bats.

    With top second-half guy Mark Ellis on the 60-day disabled list, the West doesn't appear to have a great deal to offer.

    However, if Nelson Cruz is truly a "second-half star" then his numbers for the year are going to be awesome considering he is already hitting .296 with 29 runs scored, 14 HR, 36 RBI, nine steals and an OPS of .952. Heading into the season, Cruz had an Average Draft Position (ADP) of 192 and wasn't in the top-50 outfielders. Currently he is ranked 19th overall in production and the good news is that he is still only owned in about 88% of all leagues.

    I can't recommend Adrian Beltre, who has an OPS of just .595 (142 points below his career average), because even if his statistics get its usual +0.089 bounce, he won't be "fantasy worthy."

    Two other Texas Rangers made the short list of players who have at least a 50- point OPS increases from the first half to the second half - Marlon Byrd and Chris Davis. But Davis, despite having hit 12 home runs, is batting below .200 and has already struck out 77 times in 165 at-bats, so no recommendation will be made there and Byrd is forced to share time with Andruw Jones and David Murphy for the two remaining outfield positions.

    Career First Half-Second Half Statistics
    PlayerTeamPos1st Half OPS2nd Half OPSDifference
    Mark Ellis OAK 2B 0.688 0.793 0.106
    Adrian Beltre SEA 3B 0.737 0.826 0.089
    Marlon Byrd TEX OF 0.717 0.788 0.071
    Chris Davis TEX 1B 0.787 0.855 0.068
    Y Betancourt SEA SS 0.668 0.735 0.067
    Nelson Cruz TEX OF 0.753 0.809 0.056
    Vlad Guerrero ANA OF 0.937 0.989 0.052
    Matt Holliday OAK OF 0.908 0.957 0.049
    Howie Kendrick ANA 2B 0.723 0.768 0.045
    Bobby Abreu ANA OF 0.884 0.921 0.037
    Kenji Johjima SEA C 0.709 0.738 0.029
    Mike Napoli ANA C 0.851 0.868 0.017
    Chone Figgins ANA 3B 0.737 0.749 0.012
    Torii Hunter ANA OF 0.8 0.803 0.003


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

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

      Great 38: Win tickets to Daytona 500

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      Here's your chance to win tickets to the 2015 Daytona 500. Entering is easy, simply fill out the entry form included. More>>

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      News Now: Media General CEO talks about his career, future for company Video included

      Updated:

      In December, LIN Media and Media General merged to create the second largest broadcasting company in the country. The former CEO and President of LIN Media, Vince Sadusky, was placed at the helm of the new and improved Media General. More>>

      Bill Schifino, Jr talks about being President-Elect of the Florida Bar Video included

      Updated:

      Earlier this month, Bill Schifino, Jr. was announced as the 2015-16 President-Elect of the Florida Bar. Schifino comes to this position with a strong resume. More>>

      Trio sets off on 900 mile trek across Florida Video included

      Updated:

      Joe Guthrie, Mallory Lykes Dimmitt, and Carlton Ward Jr. are embarking on a journey of a lifetime. The trio are setting off on a 70-day, 900 mile trek across the state???without any automobiles.
      More>>

      How this guide dog helps one blind triathlete chase her Paralympic dream

      Updated:

      Every time Paralympic hopeful Amy Dixon makes it to the end of another grueling triathlon, she knows her trusty companion will be waiting for her at the finish line. Sixteen years after she lost vision in her right eye, which she says she viewed as "a death sentence" at the time,  More>>

      Legoland Florida hotel to open in spring; built for kids

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      Updated:

      Legoland Florida Hotel will welcome its first guests a month earlier than previously expected.During an announcement Thursday, Legoland executives announced May 15 as the revised opening date.  More>>

      3 rhinos escape from safari zoo, return safely Video included

      Updated:

      Three rhinoceroses escaped from their site at a safari zoo in Israel this week, NBC reported.  More>>

      VIRAL VIDEO: Bossy 4-year-old girl feeds 6 pit bull dogs

      Little Girl Controls Pit Bull Dogs | Future Dog Trainer, Jukin Video on YouTube Little Girl Controls Pit Bull Dogs | Future Dog Trainer, Jukin Video on YouTube
      Updated:

      A video of a very authoritative 4-year-old girl feeding six very obedient pit pulls in the middle of a kitchen has gone viral on the web and is prompting a heated debate about the pit bull breed.
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      8 fun things to do in Tampa Bay this weekend | January 17-18 Video included

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      See 8 fun things happening this weekend in Tampa Bay!
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      'Birdman,' 'Budapest' top Oscar nominations with 9 nods each

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      Two extravagant comedies, "Birdman" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel," tied for the most Oscar nominations Thursday morning with nine nods each, including best picture. More>>

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      • Beautiful weather to end weekend in Tampa Bay

        Beautiful weather to end weekend in Tampa Bay

        Sunday, February 1 2015 11:31 AM EST2015-02-01 16:31:27 GMT
        Nice weather for the rest of your Sunday! We will have mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies with high temperatures in the middle 70s. Not bad for the first day of February!
        Nice weather for the rest of your Sunday! We will have mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies with high temperatures in the middle 70s. Not bad for the first day of February!
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