American League

Ted Lilly, SP, Toronto: Early this season, had an 11-start streak of yielding two or fewer runs.

Javier Vazquez, SP, New York Yankees: Started the season 3-4 before winning five starts in a row.

Jake Westbrook, SP, Cleveland: Began the year in the bullpen before getting a chance to start.

Francisco Cordero, RP, Texas: Converted his first 19 save chances.

Joe Nathan, RP, Minnesota: First year as a closer has proved an undisputed success.

Francisco Rodriguez, RP, Anaheim: At 22, is the NL's youngest all-star.

Victor Martinez, C, Cleveland: Has taken advantage of his first year as cleanup hitter.

Ken Harvey, 1B, Kansas City: Unusual batting grip -- overlapping hands -- has worked this year.

David Ortiz, 1B, Boston: Led the AL with 31 RBI in June.

Ron Belliard, 2B, Cleveland: Improvement is the story here -- he hit .211 in 2002.

Carlos Guillen, SS, Detroit: Already has more home runs (13) than he has had in any full season.

Michael Young, SS, Texas: Had never played shortstop in the majors before this year.

Carl Crawford, OF, Tampa Bay: Speedster led the AL in steals last year.

National League

Livan Hernandez, SP, Montreal: World Series MVP in 1997, he never made the all-star game until now.

Carl Pavano, SP, Florida: Has gone at least seven innings in 13 consecutive starts.

Carlos Zambrano, SP, Chicago: Has 104 strikeouts -- and only 47 walks.

Danny Kolb, RP, Milwaukee: Didn't allow an extra-base hit until last week.

Johnny Estrada, C, Atlanta: This is his first full season as a major league starter.

Mark Loretta, 2B, San Diego: At 32, he's the oldest first-timer.

Jack Wilson, SS, Pittsburgh: Hit just .246 in his first three years in the big leagues.

Carlos Beltran, OF, Houston: Was fourth in AL voting behind Vladimir Guerrero, Manny Ramirez and Ichiro Suzuki; was traded to Houston on June 24.

Miguel Cabrera, OF, Florida: Only 21, he homered off Roger Clemens in last year's World Series.

Bobby Abreu, OF, Philadelphia: His 18 home runs are only two fewer than he hit last season.