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June 01, 2009
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June 01, 2009

Who's Hot Who's Not

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Who's Hot

PADRES
Being .500—as San Diego was after winning its ninth straight on Sunday—isn't all that great. But for a team that lost 19 of 23 earlier this season and averages an NL-low 3.77 runs and tried to trade ace Jake Peavy last week ... well, for the Padres and thriving closer Heath Bell (right) it's a record to be proud of.

MATT STAFFORD
Detroit's highly paid No. 1 pick is months from an NFL down, but the QB shone in practice and the win-starved Lions are glad to have him. "Very impressive," end Eric Hicks said, adding that he chased Stafford on a bootleg, hoping $100 bills "might fall out of his pocket."

JASON GIAMBI
The repatriated A's slugger took a curtain call in Oakland after hitting his 400th career homer last Saturday. It was about this time last year that Giambi—who says he wants to "get this team going"—got hot with the Yanks. On Sunday he hit number 401 in a victory.

RORY SABBATINI
No one at the Byron Nelson Championship has ever shot as low as Sabbatini's 261—an effort capped by a six-under round on Sunday. "It's a great feeling to win anything associated with Lord Byron," said Sabbatini, who got a hug from Nelson's widow, Peggy.

Who's Not

CUBS
Being .500—the Cubs' status after losing their seventh straight on Sunday—isn't so bad. But for a team that cruised to the NL Central title last year and opened May with six wins in seven games ... well, "embarrassed" is how lefthander Ted Lilly, who had lost his last two starts, put the team's mood.

T.O.
For all the tightly worded pleasures Twitter has given to sports fans (SI, May 18), did we really need a new forum for Terrell Owens? The Bills' receiver tweeted blame at Cowboys offensive coordinator Jason Garrett and QB Tony Romo for making him leave Dallas.

JOSE CANSECO
The fledgling MMA fighter (and former A's slugger and steroid whistle-blower) went homerless in a hitting exhibition versus ex--Mariners reliever Kaz Sasaki in Yokohama, Japan. Said Canseco, in town ahead of a bout against a 7'2" Korean dude, "I should have practiced more."

MIKE KEENAN
The kinder, gentler coach—the same guy who rabble-roused teams such as the late-'80s Flyers and the 1994 Cup-winning Rangers—was fired again, after presiding over Calgary's second straight playoff flameout. So the total number of NHL teams he has run through is eight.

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