Stars of the past week

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Matt Kemp has been otherworldly, but other players -- some stars and some not -- were able to carry fantasy squads in the past week.

Here's a quick look at who's been crushing the ball out of the park, who's been swiping second and who's been touching home plate most frequently.


Star: Mike Napoli, Texas Rangers - Napoli started out ice cold in 2012, but the catcher was the top star of the past week. Napoli hit five homers in four games from Tuesday through Saturday (he also homered last Sunday, making it five straight games with a dinger). Besides leaving the park five times, Napoli went 11-for-25 (.440) with a 1.561 OPS and 10 RBIs.

Surprise: Nick Hundley, San Diego Padres - Hundley was the second ranked catcher in the past seven days, going 9-for-24 (.375) with two homers and eight RBIs. He's still hitting just .213 on the year thanks to a 1-for-23 start.

First base

Star: Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves - Freeman put together an epic RBI binge in the past seven days, plating 14 runs with a .478 batting average and three homers.

Surprise: Mark Teixeira, New York Yankees - The surprise here isn't so much that Teixeira succeeded, as he's a much bigger star than Freeman at this point, but that he did it in April. The notorious slow starter ripped through the week, hitting, three bombs with nine RBIs, a .391 batting average and 1.217 OPS.

Second base

Star: Michael Young, Texas Rangers - No second baseman had a truly off-the- charts week, so this distinction goes to Young, who went 9-for-21 (.429) with a home run, three RBIs, five runs and a steal.

Surprise: Eduardo Nunez, New York Yankees - Brett Gardner's injury led to Yankees manager Joe Girardi using Raul Ibanez and Andruw Jones in the outfield, freeing up the DH spot for Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano and thrusting Nunez into action. Though he's one of the league's worst fielders, Nunez can get it done with the stick and on the basepaths. He went 6-for-13 (.462) with four runs, one RBI and two stolen bases in the past seven days.

Third base

Star: Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays - Longoria is off to a fantastic start and last week did nothing to slow him down. The superstar third baseman went 9- for-26 (.346) with two jacks, nine RBIs, six runs and a stolen base.

Surprise: Chase Headley, San Diego Padres, and Juan Francisco, Atlanta Braves - Longoria wasn't even the No. 1 ranked third baseman in the past week, as Headley took that honor with a .400 batting average, two homers and five RBIs with eight runs and a steal. Francisco, meanwhile, saw some action for the ailing Chipper Jones and put on a show, clubbing three home runs and knocking in six in 16 at-bats. Jones is likely going to get frequent days off to rest his surgically repaired knee, so Francisco could be a nice cheap at the position.


Star: Derek Jeter, New York Yankees - The 37-year-old Jeter is playing like he's 27, batting .382 with four homers and 12 RBIs. In the past week, Jeter upped his production with 11 hits in 27 at-bats, two homers and six RBIs while scoring seven runs.

Surprise: Alcides Escobar, Kansas City Royals - Escobar did what he does best last week, going 3-for-3 in stolen base attempts, but he also wielded a dangerous bat, going 7-for-22 (.318) with one home run, three RBIs and four runs scored.


Star: Josh Hamilton, Texas Rangers - Hamilton is hotter than any hitter in baseball outside of Matt Kemp. He roped three homers, drove in 11 runs and hit .462 (12-for-26) with a 1.324 OPS in the past seven days.

Star: Curtis Granderson, New York Yankees - Granderson dominated the past week by way of his three-homer game against Minnesota on Thursday. Overall, the Yankees outfielder went 10-for-25 (.400) with four long balls, five RBIs and seven runs scored.

Star: Michael Bourn, Atlanta Braves - Bourn tore up the basepaths last week, going 5-for-6 in stolen base attempts. Bourn has seven steals on the season and may threaten the 70-steal plateau if he can continue to get on base like he did last week, when he went 13-for-28 (.464).

Surprise: Nolan Reimold, Baltimore Orioles - Reimold has been one of the bigger surprises in baseball this season, and he continued to perform last week. The Orioles outfielder went 7-for-15 with three homers and six RBIs and might have done even better had he not dealt with neck spasms late in the week.

Surprise: Matt Joyce, Tampa Bay Rays - Joyce had a rough start to the season but has turned up the heat as of late. Last week, he batted .375 (9-for-24) with three solo homers and scored eight runs.

Surprise: Alejandro De Aza, Chicago White Sox - De Aza has been leading off for the White Sox this season, hitting first in 14 games. Last week, he provided a top-of-the-order spark to Chicago, going 8-for-24 (.333) with one home run, three RBIs, seven runs scored and a stolen base. He also had a .997 OPS.

Starting Pitcher

Star: James Shields, Tampa Bay Rays - Shields tossed 16 1/3 innings last week, picking up two wins and striking out 12 with a 0.55 ERA and 0.80 WHIP. The righty has now won three straight starts, going at least eight innings in each of them.

Surprise: Philip Humber, Chicago White Sox - What, you expected someone else? The Chicago right-hander became the 21st pitcher in Big League history to throw a perfect game, striking out nine batters. In his other start last week, Humber struck out seven while allowing one run in 5 1/3 innings. His stat line on the week: 14 1/3 innings, 16 strikeouts, a 0.63 ERA and an 0.63 WHIP.

Relief Pitcher

Star: Jonathan Papelbon, Philadelphia Phillies - The Phillies closer went 3- for-3 in save opportunities last week, allowing one hit and a walk in three innings. He's now 5-for-5 with a tidy 1.29 ERA with his new ballclub.

Surprise: Chris Perez, Cleveland Indians, Henry Rodriguez, Washington Nationals and Jim Johnson, Baltimore Orioles - Perez went 4-for-4 in save opportunities last week and now has saved six straight after blowing one in the season opener. Rodriguez and Johnson were also perfect, saving three games apiece and not allowing a single run between them.

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