3 Up, 3 Down

The Kickoff

August 10, 2006|By SHEIL KAPADIA


Ryan Howard, first baseman, Phillies -- The slugger is 13-for-32 (.406) with four homers and 14 RBIs in his past eight games.

Garret Anderson, outfielder, Angels -- He's 10-for-27 (.370) with three home runs and nine RBIs in his past seven games. Anderson has hit .300 or better in three straight seasons, but he is at .283 this year.

Brad Radke, starter, Twins -- With Francisco Liriano injured, Minnesota needs the veteran hurler to pitch well during its playoff push. So far Radke has delivered. He's 7-1 in his past 11 starts.


Jason Bay, outfielder, Pirates -- Pittsburgh's All-Star is 6-for-31 (.194) with no homers and a pair of RBIs in his past 10 games.

Ichiro Suzuki, outfielder, Mariners -- Seattle's leadoff hitter is 5-for-35 (.143) in his past eight games and has not stolen a base in his past 11. Ichiro is batting .115 in August.

Gil Meche, starter, Mariners -- After going nine straight starts without a loss, he has dropped two of his past three, allowing 14 earned runs in 14 1/3 innings.

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