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Tom Verducci
September 01, 2003
NOT THAT WILD
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September 01, 2003

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More evidence that managers don't get optimum use out of their best pitcher: Braves skipper Bobby Cox lost three straight games to the Giants last week in the last at bat without ever using his closer, John Smoltz. He lost with Ray King, Kevin Gryboski and Trey Hodges on the mound. In fact, Smoltz went eight days between appearances....

Nice to see the A's plan to retire Reggie Jackson's number 9, but the franchise has been delinquent in honoring Hall of Famers from its Philadelphia roots, especially Lefty Grove (10), Al Simmons (7) and Jimmie Foxx (3)....

Randy Johnson (3-6) and Barry Zito (10-11) could become the third set of starting pitchers to post losing records the year after winning the Cy Young Award in their respective leagues, joining Steve Carlton and Pete Vuckovich in 1982 and '83 and Mike McCormick and Jim Lonborg in 1967 and '68. Vuckovich, who was 0-2 in 1983, is the only pitcher to go from Cy Young winner to winless.

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