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Best Tribe Surprise 

Fausto Carmona

Last year was a rough go for young Fausto Carmona. He won his first major-league start, then struggled and was sent back to Buffalo. The Tribe brought him back as a middle reliever and, when Bob Wickman was traded, thought he'd step in as the new closer. But he blew his first three save chances -- badly -- and lost five straight decisions before Buffalo beckoned again, this time to turn him back into a starter. In 2007, the switchback paid off -- Fausto's sinker was untouchable, he flirted with 20 wins, and he was among the league leaders in earned-run average. So now we say to you, Mark Shapiro: Stop screwing with this guy's game.

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