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Albert Chen
September 08, 2003
With Marlins pitcher Dontrelle Willis reeling lately (the lefthander allowed 17 runs and 26 hits in his last 18 innings through Sunday), Mets shortstop Jose Reyes suddenly became a leading contender for NL Rookie of the Year. Though the 20-year-old Reyes wasn't called up until mid-June, he was hitting .306 with 46 runs, 32 RBIs and 13 stolen bases in 68 games. On Sunday, Reyes sprained his left ankle while trying to break up a double play in a 4-1 loss to the Phillies and at week's end was listed as day to day....
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September 08, 2003

Short Hops

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With Marlins pitcher Dontrelle Willis reeling lately (the lefthander allowed 17 runs and 26 hits in his last 18 innings through Sunday), Mets shortstop Jose Reyes suddenly became a leading contender for NL Rookie of the Year. Though the 20-year-old Reyes wasn't called up until mid-June, he was hitting .306 with 46 runs, 32 RBIs and 13 stolen bases in 68 games. On Sunday, Reyes sprained his left ankle while trying to break up a double play in a 4-1 loss to the Phillies and at week's end was listed as day to day....

Prince Fielder, the Brewers' 2002 first-round draft pick and son of former Tigers first baseman Cecil, was named MVP of the Class A Midwest League. Playing for the Beloit ( Wis.) Snappers, Fielder hit .313 with 27 homers and 109 RBIs....

Shortstop Kazuo Matsui of the Japanese League Seibu Lions (no relation to Hideki Matsui of the Yankees) will be hotly pursued by major league clubs this fall. With a month remaining in the season, the 27-year-old Matsui was hitting .304 with 27 homers in 115 games....

Milwaukee, which had won 12 of its last 13, could play a pivotal role as a spoiler. The Brewers' final 23 games are all against teams in the NL playoff hunt, including eight with the Astros and six with the Cardinals.

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