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Who's Hot / Who's Not
Edited by Kostya Kennedy
August 14, 2006
Who's Hot Rockies pitching
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August 14, 2006

Who's Hot / Who's Not

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Who's Hot

Rockies pitching

Eight shutouts and a 4.13 ERA, second-best in the NL. In homer-happy Denver? Some say the balls stored in the Coors Field humidor don't travel, but Colorado's staff, including Jason Jennings (above), is mile-high. Manager Clint Hurdle: "Our guys ... take a lot of pride going out there."

Oakland

Raiders began their latest incarnation under Art Shell (below) by beating the Eagles 16-10 in their preseason opener-hey, after going 13-35 the past three years Raider Nation will take what it can get. The A's swept the Mariners to tighten their grip on the AL West.

Dodgers

The trade deadline was very, very good to them. They'd won nine straight through Sunday, led by imports Greg Maddux and Julio Lugo.

Athletic Scents

Blue Jays pitcher Gustavo Chacin has a cologne (SI PLAYERS, June 26) and Yankee Derek Jeter (left) does too-Driven, which, the maker says, smells of "ambition, courage, passion and confidence." Surfer Bethany Hamilton, who lost an arm in a shark attack, has a perfume: Stoked.

Who's Not

Cardinals pitching

A league-low 643 strikeouts and a 4.55 ERA, eighth in the NL. Is this the look of a pennant contender? Cards' woes are such that they're still starting Jeff Weaver (4-12, 6.71 ERA, right). Said manager Tony La Russa, "Is he the only guy struggling? No, he's not."

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