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    Winners in the Youkilis trade

    Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - The Greek God of Walks is moving on.

    The second chapter of Kevin Youkilis' career will begin Monday night when he takes the field for the Chicago White Sox after spending his first eight-and-a-half seasons with the Boston Red Sox.

    In Youkilis, the White Sox are getting a three-time All-Star who plays third base, a position Chicago has gotten virtually no production from all season.

    But is a change of scenery enough to restore Youk to the form that made him one of the most coveted fantasy players in the game just a few short seasons ago?

    Youkilis is having arguably the worst season of his career in 2012. His .233 batting average (which was even lower before a recent 6-for-14 hot streak) is well below his career average of .286 and his slugging (.377) and on-base percentages (.315) this year are also the lowest of his career.

    Youkilis, 531st on the all-time major league home run list with 133 round- trippers, is homerless in his last 54 at-bats and is on pace to finish the year with a measly nine homers. That would be Youk's lowest home run total since 2005, when he had just 79 at-bats for the Red Sox.

    His durability and plate discipline also have become question marks. Once considered one of the most patient hitters in the sport, Youkilis has already whiffed 39 times in 146 at-bats this season. That means he's striking out in almost 27 percent of his trips to the plate. In 2011, Youkilis struck out in only 20 percent of his at-bats.

    The 33-year-old's aggressive style of play, though admirable, has clearly taken a toll on his body. Youkilis has already endured one DL stint in 2012, and since the start of the 2010 season he has missed 132 of the 396 games Boston has played in. The last time Youkilis played 140 games was in 2008 and he's never played more than 147 games in a season.

    That's the bad news. The good news is that Youkilis will now be playing half of his games at U.S. Cellular Field. Though Youkilis hasn't been particularly effective in 77 at-bats there during his career (.234, 3 HR, 16 RBI in 20 games), the White Sox's home stadium is known as a hitter's park, especially for right-handed batters. Last season, the park yielded 32 percent more homers than the league average. Right-handers hit the ball out of U.S. Cellular Field at a 38 percent higher rate than the league average.

    Youkilis is actually pretty fortunate to have ended up in Chicago, where he should see plenty of good pitches to hit with sluggers Adam Dunn (.215, 23 HR, 53 RBI), Paul Konerko (.342, 13 HR, 39 RBI) and Alex Rios (.291, 8 HR, 36 RBI) protecting him in the lineup.

    It looks like Youkilis will be slotted at No. 2 in the batting order behind Alejandro De Aza (.293, 4 HR, 28 RBI) and ahead of Dunn. In the past, Youkilis has excelled in that spot in the lineup. Youk is a .295 career hitter in 400 at-bats out of the two-hole. Youkilis struggled to adjust to his role as Boston's No. 5 hitter this year: he hit only .177 out of that spot and over his career he's just a .235 hitter when batting fifth.

    Besides having solid protection and a home ballpark that induces more home runs than just about any other stadium in the league, Youkilis also will have the benefit of going up against AL Central pitching on a regular basis. Of the five teams in the division, only the White Sox and Detroit Tigers have an ERA lower than four and the Cleveland Indians, Tigers, Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals have each allowed their opponents to hit better than .260 against them this season.

    Youkilis has had success against this division in the past, too. He's batting .290 or better against every team except the Royals and White Sox (who he won't have to face anyway), and overall he's a .280 hitter against the four AL Central teams he'll be playing against. Almost 22 percent of Youkilis' career homers have come versus the AL Central.

    Those stats suggest that Youkilis could be in for a big second half, though fantasy owners should be warned that the former Red Sox star is a .300 hitter before July 1 and just a .269 career hitter after that date. The excitement of playing for a new team and a hunger to prove critics wrong also should work to Youkilis' advantage.

    The Youkilis trade works for the Red Sox as well. Though neither Brent Lillibridge nor Zach Stewart are ready to make their mark in fantasy just yet (they both came over from the White Sox as compensation for Youkilis), the departure of Youkilis means that the Will Middlebrooks era in Boston has officially begun.

    Middlebrooks (.326, 9 HR, 34 RBI in 41 games) is on a tear right now (10-for-16 with three homers and nine RBI over his last six games) and making a convincing case for AL Rookie of the Year. His .949 OPS would be the fifth-best in the AL if he had enough at-bats to qualify and his .583 slugging percentage would be good for fourth among qualified A.L. hitters.

    With Youkilis gone, manager Bobby Valentine won't have to keep shuffling his lineup every day to try to get more at-bats for Youkilis, Middlebrooks and Adrian Gonzalez. Every hitter on the Red Sox should stand to benefit from a more stable lineup night in and night out.

    Youkilis may not be an All-Star anymore, but he can still be useful in fantasy if he stays healthy. Middlebrooks should thrive now that he is an everyday player and he could be one of the first third baseman taken off the board in next year's fantasy draft. So it looks like the trade worked out for everybody ... perhaps your fantasy team as well.

    Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Jesse Pantuosco at jpantuosco@sportsnetwork.com.

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

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      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>>

      • Great Stuff

      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 Video included

      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' Video included

      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>>

      Furry friends from Suncoast Animal League stop by Video included

      Updated:

      The Suncoast Animal League is a non-profit, no-kill, no-time limit animal rescue agency located in Palm Harbor. Executive Director Rick Chaboudy More>>

      8 fun things to do in Tampa Bay this weekend | February 14-15

      Updated:

      See 8 fun things happening this weekend in Tampa Bay!
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      News Now: Tampa Port Authority's President talks growth at the port Video included

      Updated:

      Port Tampa Bay just had their annual State of the Port Luncheon. This week Tampa Port Authority's President and CEO, Paul Anderson, stopped by to give us further insight.  More>>

      8 fun things to do in Tampa Bay this weekend | February 7-8 Video included

      Updated:

      See 8 fun things happening this weekend in Tampa Bay!
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      Deaf Literacy Center to hold first-ever silent dinner Video included

      Updated:

      For the first time ever in the Tampa Bay area, the Deaf Literacy Center is holding a 100% voices off silent dinner. Everybody working at the restaurant this evening will be deaf or hard of hearing, including servers, cashiers, and bartenders. The event is taking place on February 15th at 4pm at Farmer Boy Restaurant in Clearwater. Pattie Sanchez from The Diversity Initiative, Pinellas Public Library Cooperative's Deaf Literacy Coordinator Rosa Rodriguez, and volunteer/advocate Jenny Locy stop... More>>

      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

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      • Heath Matters: Trinity Spine Center

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        Friday, January 16 2015 12:49 PM EST2015-01-16 17:49:27 GMT
        Trinity Spine Center uses Stem Cells for Back Pain.Stem cells are master cells of the body that are available for repairing damaged tissues and organs including spine discs and cartilage cushions in the joints.
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      • Tampa Bay area could see fog Thursday night

        Tampa Bay area could see fog Thursday night

        Thursday, March 5 2015 2:48 PM EST2015-03-05 19:48:27 GMT
        Areas of fog and sea fog will likely develop Thursday night. Temps will remain very mild in the mid 60s despite a cold front entering the Tampa Bay area.
        Areas of fog and sea fog will likely develop Thursday night. Temps will remain very mild in the mid 60s despite a cold front entering the Tampa Bay area.
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