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Dick Vitale gives his Stock Watch report for June 7, including a big Stock Up to Ken Griffey Jr.

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Griffey on home-run roll


June 7, 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...


Ken Griffey Jr. -- Griffey has been the key reason why the Cincinnati Reds are a surprise in the NL Central. The center fielder has nine home runs in his past 14 games and 498 in his career. Imagine if he had stayed away from injuries ... the Kid might have been in the hunt for the all-time home run lead!

Trainer Nick Zito -- Zito, a fellow paison, got his Belmont Stakes win with Birdstone upsetting Smarty Jones, ending Smarty's shot at the Triple Crown. Birdstone did a phenomenal job down the stretch.

Vladimir Guerrero -- Guerrero had a nine-RBI game against the Boston Red Sox last week. He has been brilliant for an Anaheim Angels team that has been plagued by injuries.

Gaston Gaudio -- Argentina's Gaudio, ranked 44th in the world, was down two sets and 4-3 in the third, but rallied to win in five sets to capture the French Open men's singles championship over third-seeded Guillermo Coria.

Carlos Lee -- The Chicago White Sox outfielder has a major-league high 22-game hit streak.

Julio Franco -- The Atlanta Braves first baseman became the oldest player to hit a grand slam, doing it at age 45.

Milton Bradley -- The Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder had a tirade last week, throwing baseballs all over the place after being ejected from a game and earning a four-game suspension that he has appealed. Give me a break, that was worse than a Little League move. Here's a guy who has ability, and the Dodgers gave him the opportunity, yet he pouts and sulks like a 2-year-old.

Pedro Martinez -- The Boston Red Sox ace has been struggling, going 1-1 with a 5.76 ERA in his past four starts.

Anaheim Angels -- The Angels lost three of four at home to the Indians.

Dick Vitale coached the Detroit Pistons and the University of Detroit in the 1970s before broadcasting ESPN's first college basketball game in 1979 (he's been an ESPN analyst ever since). Send a question for Vitale for possible use on ESPNEWS.

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