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The Kickoff

June 29, 2006|By SHEIL KAPADIA


Jose Reyes, shortstop, Mets -- He is 15-for-28 with a pair of homers and four stolen bases in his past six games. Reyes has eight homers this season, one more than he had all last season. In June, he is batting .408 with 14 stolen bases.

Kenji Johjima, catcher, Mariners -- He has four homers and nine RBIs in his past two games and is batting .500 in his past six. His average has jumped to .293 to go along with 10 homers and 39 RBIs.

Francisco Liriano, starter, Twins -- Minnesota's 22-year-old pitcher appears to be as good as advertised. Liriano has won four straight and struck out 26 in his past three. He has allowed two runs or fewer in seven of eight starts.


Jason Bay, outfielder, Pirates -- Pittsburgh's slugger is 4-for-27 in his past seven games and has homered once in his past 16. After getting off to a hot start this season, Bay has cooled down in June, hitting .250 with three home runs.

Troy Glaus, third baseman, Blue Jays -- He is 3-for-18 (.167) with no home runs or RBIs in his past six games. He has impressive power numbers (21 homers, 53 RBIs) but is hitting .221 in June.

Tim Hudson, starter, Braves -- Atlanta's pitcher has lost three straight and four of his past five. Hudson has a 4.96 ERA in five June starts after going 4-1 with a 2.79 ERA in May.

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