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A's, Braves, Expos all on fire

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June 24
Dick's Stock Watch identifies whose stock is up and whose is down over the past week across the world of sports.


The Oakland Athletics have really turned it on, climbing into the AL West race. Manager Art Howe's team has won 19 of its past 22 games. The pitching trio of Tim Hudson, Barry Zito and Mark Mulder has been unbeatable in June. Oakland can make a run at Seattle in the AL West (the teams begin a four-game series in Seattle on Monday night).

The Atlanta Braves have also been hot, winning 23 of 29 games. Manager Bobby Cox's pitching staff has been solid, and it's a lot more than just Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux. The bullpen has been outstanding. Chipper Jones and Andruw Jones have also been on fire.

Shawn Green has been outstanding for the Los Angeles Dodgers as they have moved into first place in the NL West. He has hit 19 home runs in his past 30 games.

The Montreal Expos have won nine of 10. Vladimir Guerrero remains one of baseball's best, riding a current 17-game hit streak.

U.S. soccer deserves a lot of credit despite losing in the World Cup quarterfinals 1-0 to Germany. Now the program has to build on the momentum of the World Cup success.


The Chicago White Sox were really embarrassed by the Braves; they were outscored 27-5 in a sweep by Atlanta.

What's up with Florida Marlins fans? Friday, when Luis Castillo extended his hitting streak to 35 games, less than 6,000 fans were in the stands. Where was the support, baby?

John Burkett opened the season 7-0 for the Boston Red Sox. He made a statement that he didn't want to play in the All-Star game because it was being held in Milwaukee and would help support Bud Selig. Burkett won't have to worry about it after losing three straight decisions.

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