May 22, 2004

Who's hot

Diamondbacks reliever Ste phen Randolph is holding op ponents to a

.127 batting aver age.

Who's not

Paul Abbott of the Indians is winless in his past five starts, al lowing 27 runs - 24 earned - 34 hits and 15 walks in 21 2/3 innings.

Line of the day

Jose Cruz, Devil Rays RF


4 3 4 2 1

He said it

"I did the job last year. I like the job. I had a blast. It wasn't a demotion or a promotion." Jeremy Affeldt, Royals pitcher, on moving from starter to closer while Mike MacDougal works on his control in the minors

On deck

The Athletics will retire Reggie Jackson's No. 9 today, 11 years after the Yankees retired his No. 44.

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