Stock Watch: FAST-GLANCE WEEK IN REVIEW
June 14, 2004 | Dick's Stock Watch provides a fast-glance review of the past week in the world of sports, charting whose stock is up and whose is down...
STOCK UP: Lightning win Stanley Cup
Tampa Bay Lightning -- The Lightning won the Stanley Cup in seven games over the Calgary Flames. Just a few years ago, this franchise couldn't win 20 games in a season, but coach John Tortorella (my fellow paisan) and Co. got it done. The state of Florida has had its share of champions lately, with the Lightning joining the defending world champion Florida Marlins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (who won the Super Bowl before last).
Tampa Bay Devil Rays -- The Devil Rays are picking up on the Lightning karma, winning 16 of their past 22 games. Manager Lou Piniella's team is 26-34, its best 60-game record ever.
Oakland Athletics -- The A's have won eight straight, and they've scored 71 runs in their past six games. Remember, Eric Chavez is out of the lineup, and this team doesn't have the likes of Jason Giambi or Miguel Tejada in the lineup anymore. We all know about the Oakland pitching staff, led by Barry Zito, Mark Mulder and Tim Hudson.
Annika Sorenstam -- The superstar golfer won the LPGA Championship, a major, for the second straight year.
Randy Johnson -- The Arizona Diamondbacks' ace has won six straight starts. Not bad for a 40-year-old.
Andy Roddick -- The tennis superstar set a record for fastest serve, blasting one 153 miles per hour in a match last week. Roddick won his second straight Queen's Club title Sunday with a straight-sets victory over Sebastien Grosjean at the Wimbledon warm-up event.
STOCK DOWN: Tough times for Pirates, Rockies
Pittsburgh Pirates -- The Pirates have lost eight straight games, allowing a total of 50 runs in their past five outings.
Colorado Rockies -- The Rockies have also dropped eight in a row. Manager Clint Hurdle and Co. miss injured Preston Wilson and Larry Walker.
Roger Cedeno -- The St. Louis Cardinals outfielder was given a four-game suspension for spitting on an umpire.
Steve Reed -- The Rockies' pitcher was suspended for three games for throwing his glove toward an ump. He should throw the ball to the plate instead of tossing the glove!
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