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Albert Chen
April 19, 2004
Early reviews of San Diego's Petco Park label it pitcher-friendly. The Padres and the Giants combined for one home run in 214 at bats during their three-game weekend series. Said San Diego leftfielder Ryan Klesko, after going 1 for 2 with a ground rule double and two long flyouts (including a sacrifice) last Saturday, "Anywhere else in the National League and I'm 3 for 3 with three homers."...
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April 19, 2004

Short Hops

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Early reviews of San Diego's Petco Park label it pitcher-friendly. The Padres and the Giants combined for one home run in 214 at bats during their three-game weekend series. Said San Diego leftfielder Ryan Klesko, after going 1 for 2 with a ground rule double and two long flyouts (including a sacrifice) last Saturday, "Anywhere else in the National League and I'm 3 for 3 with three homers."...

Nobody prolongs at bats like White Sox DH Frank Thomas, who on April 7 won a 17-pitch, first-inning battle with Royals lefthander Darrell May by fouling off 12 straight, then drawing a walk....

Upon joining the Dodgers after being traded by the Indians on April 4, centerfielder Milton Bradley (.421 OBP last season) immediately became the best on-base threat in L.A.'s anemic lineup. Yet Bradley batted third in the Dodgers' first six games, behind Dave Roberts (.331 OBP in 2003) and Cesar Izturis (.282).

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