3 up, 3 down

April 25, 2006|By SHEIL KAPADIA

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Morgan Ensberg, third baseman, Astros -- Houston's slugger had homered in seven of eight games and was hitting .403 going into last night's game. He has hit nine home runs on the season and seems poised to repeat his 2005 season, when he had 36 homers and 101 RBIs.

Ty Wigginton, third baseman, Devil Rays -- With the Pirates last season, he had seven homers and 25 RBIs in 155 at-bats. In 67 at-bats this season, Wigginton has eight home runs. His 20 RBIs are tied for tops in the American League.

Greg Maddux, starter, Cubs -- Chicago's veteran pitcher has won his first four starts for the first time in his career. Since turning 40, Maddux is 2-0 and has allowed just one run in 15 innings. He leads the National League with a 0.99 ERA.

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Jeff Kent, second baseman, Dodgers -- Since suffering a slight concussion after being hit by a pitch April 16, he is 2-for-18. Kent, who has hit at least 30 doubles in nine straight seasons, failed to tally an extra-base hit last week.

Richie Sexson, first baseman, Mariners -- After hitting 39 homers in 2005, he is off to a cold start this season. Sexson has struck out 26 times in 20 games and hit just two home runs. He is homerless in his past 11 games.

Eddie Guardado, reliever, Mariners -- Seattle's closer lost two games last week after having lost three in all of 2005. Guardado walked four batters in one inning after entering a tied game against Texas. The lack of control was unusual for the veteran, who had walked fewer than 18 batters in four straight seasons going in to 2006.

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