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You the Manny

June 15, 2009
June 15, 2009

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June 15, 2009

LEADING OFF
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
LAKERS-MAGIC
  • Kobe Bryant was the center of attention as the Lakers and the Magic faced off for the NBA title, but it was a less glamorous story line—the chess match under the basket—that was determining the course of the Finals

TENNIS
STANLEY CUP FINALS
PRO FOOTBALL
  • He meets with former presidents, counsels the U.N. and, oh, yeah, makes more than any NFL player, but Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha can still walk unrecognized through America's biggest city. Not for much longer

BASEBALL
JEFF KOMLO
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You the Manny

When Manny Ramirez was suspended on May 7 for violating MLB's joint drug agreement, everyone agreed that it could be devastating for the Dodgers, who had to replace him in the lineup with Juan Pierre (below). It was Pierre's limp bat that had compelled L.A. to trade for Ramirez last summer, relegating Pierre and his $9 million-a-year salary to the bench. A month in, though, Pierre has been a revelation. By being more disciplined at the plate—he's swinging at 35% fewer pitches out of the strike zone—and hitting the ball in the air (28.5% of his ABs, his highest career rate), Pierre has done his best work since 2004. Through Sunday he had hit .362 with a .428 OBP since May 7. The Dodgers, 20--7 with Ramirez, were 18--12 without him and had stretched their lead in the NL West to nine games.

This is an article from the June 15, 2009 issue

PHOTORON CHENOY-US PRESSWIRE (PIERRE)