Gonzalez has had immediate success

Updated: July 15, 2011, 3:50 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

Tony Clark has a unique set of qualifications to weigh in on Adrian Gonzalez, who -- as the Red Sox open the second half of the season Friday night against the Tampa Bay Rays -- is a front-runner for Most Valuable Player in the American League.

Like Gonzalez, Clark was a first baseman. He played in the white-hot intensity of Boston. He played in small-market San Diego. He played against Gonzalez. He played with him. When he was still playing, he was a league representative to the players' ...

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