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Zito, Pujols leading teams

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Aug. 8, 2005 | 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


Barry Zito — The Oakland Athletics pitcher has been on fire, going 8-0 with a 2.20 ERA in his last nine starts.

Albert Pujols — The Cardinals' first baseman became the first player in major league history to have 30 or more home runs in each of his first five seasons.

Dan Marino and Steve Young — They were inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio and are two of the best quarterbacks of our generation.

Boston Red Sox — The Sox are 9-3 in their last 12 games.

Tony Stewart — He remained on fire, winning his fourth Nextel Cup race in his last six tries by capturing the Brickyard 400.

Jeff Lacy — The boxer was impressive in retaining his super middleweight title by stopping Robin Reid in a fight Saturday night here in the Tampa-St. Pete area.


Rafael Palmeiro — The Orioles slugger failed a drug test, allegedly for using a steroid. That's the same guy who testified before Congress that he did not take steroids.

Larry Krueger — The KNBR radio talk show host was suspended for a week for his racial comments about the Giants. Krueger also made disparaging remarks about manager Felipe Alou.

Kansas City Royals — The Royals have really been struggling, losing 10 in a row. Buddy Bell's team was outscored 27-1 the last two games.

Dick Vitale coached the Pistons and the University of Detroit before broadcasting ESPN's first college basketball game in December 1979. Send him a question for possible use on ESPNEWS.

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