At 57-36, the Boston Red Sox are atop the American League East and look to be getting healthy for the stretch run leading into the playoffs.
With Carl Crawford returning from injury today, the Sox have their entire projected starting lineup healthy.
The starting rotation is still on the mend, but Josh Beckett and John Lackey, along with Andrew Miller and Tim Wakefield, have been holding serve well enough to keep the Sox afloat.
Dustin Pedroia provided most of the offense in a 16-inning win over the Tampa Bay Rays (I managed to stay up for 15 innings, missing the only important one) last night. His 13 home runs from the two-spot in the lineup makes him a force on an already potent offense.
Here are the nine best players, along with Pedroia and in no particular order, from Boston's first half.