3 Up, 3 Down

The Kickoff

July 27, 2006|By SHEIL KAPADIA

Up

Aramis Ramirez, third baseman, Cubs -- He is 11-for-23 (.478) with six homers and 10 RBIs in his past six games. After hitting .197 in April, Ramirez has steadily improved each month. In July, he is batting .338 with nine homers and 23 RBIs.

Manny Ramirez, outfielder, Red Sox -- Maybe skipping the All-Star Game was the right move after all. Ramirez is 11-for-26 (.423) with three homers and 11 RBIs in his past seven games.

Anibal Sanchez, starter, Marlins -- Florida's 22-year-old rookie is 4-0 with a 3.00 ERA this season. In his past three starts, Sanchez is 3-0 and has allowed one earned run in 21 innings.

Down

Bobby Abreu, outfielder, Phillies -- He is the subject of trade rumors, but Abreu is just 3-for-16 (.188) in his past four games entering last night, and his power has disappeared. Last year's Home Run Derby champion has eight homers this year and is homerless in his past 33 games.

Jason Giambi, first baseman/designated hitter, Yankees -- Entering last night, New York's slugger is 4-for-28 (.143) with no homers and a pair of RBIs in his past eight games. He is hitting .194 in July.

Kenny Rogers, starter, Tigers -- Detroit's veteran hurler got roughed up for seven earned runs in two-thirds of an inning in his last start against Cleveland. Rogers was 4-4 with a 4.72 ERA after the All-Star break in 2005.

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