Short Hops

April 19, 2004
April 19, 2004

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April 19, 2004


Short Hops

Early reviews of San Diego's Petco Park label it
pitcher-friendly. The Padres and the Giants combined for one home
run in 214 at bats during their three-game weekend series. Said
San Diego leftfielder Ryan Klesko, after going 1 for 2 with a
ground rule double and two long flyouts (including a sacrifice)
last Saturday, "Anywhere else in the National League and I'm 3
for 3 with three homers." ... Nobody prolongs at bats like White
Sox DH Frank Thomas, who on April 7 won a 17-pitch, first-inning
battle with Royals lefthander Darrell May by fouling off 12
straight, then drawing a walk.... Upon joining the Dodgers after
being traded by the Indians on April 4, centerfielder Milton
Bradley (.421 OBP last season) immediately became the best
on-base threat in L.A.'s anemic lineup. Yet Bradley batted third
in the Dodgers' first six games, behind Dave Roberts (.331 OBP in
2003) and Cesar Izturis (.282).

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