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Three Up Three Down
Daniel G. Habib
May 03, 2004
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May 03, 2004

Three Up Three Down

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Marlins bullpen Closer Armando Benitez was 9 for 9 in save opportunities through Sunday, and Florida relievers had combined for a 2.20 ERA, second in the National League.

Jake Peavy, RHP, Padres Relying on a nasty changeup, the 22-year-old has emerged as one of the top starters in the National League, with a 1.54 ERA and 17 strikeouts.

Adam Dunn, LF, Reds In the off-season he worked hard on hitting to the opposite field, and it has paid off: A career .241 hitter entering this season, Dunn was batting .327 with eight home runs.

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Toronto power hitters First baseman Carlos Delgado, centerfielder Vernon Wells and DH Josh Phelps combined for 95 home runs and a .538 slugging percentage last season, but through Sunday the trio had collectively hit five homers and had a .392 slugging percentage.

Morgan Ensberg, 3B, Astros After hitting 25 homers in 2003, he was mired in a 8-for-48 slump, had no dingers and was platooning with Mike Lamb.

Barry Bonds's supporting cast The Giants minus Bonds (.512, nine home runs) were hitting a collective .220 with eight homers. They also ranked 26th in the majors in runs scored with 3.7 per game.
—Albert Chen

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