3 Up, 3 Down

April 11, 2006|By DAVE ALEXANDER

Up

Chris Shelton, first baseman, Tigers: No one-week wonder, but he's not nearly this good, either. Shelton leads the majors in home runs with five and at .536 trails only Orioles catcher Ramon Hernandez in batting average.

Hanley Ramirez, shortstop, Marlins: He's no Manny Ramirez, but the rookie leadoff hitter started with two steals, three RBIs and a .429 average in Week 1. Enjoy it while it lasts.

Jonathan Papelbon, reliever, Red Sox: Move over Keith Foulke; the surprise choice to close in Boston is 3-for-3 in save opportunities. The Orioles certainly looked surprised - and baffled.

Down

Barry Bonds, outfielder, Giants: Bonds on the bench? Don't even think about it. But his .167 batting average, zero home runs and zero RBIs through five games are very un-Barry.

Jeff Francoeur, outfielder, Braves: Any sophomore slump chatter is premature, but this trendy fantasy sleeper has hardly lived up to the hype with a 2-for-29 start at the plate.

Bartolo Colon, starter, Angels: The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner has a 12.86 ERA through two starts and a nagging groin injury. Not a good combination. He faces the Orioles in his next start.

[Dave Alexander]

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