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August 29, 2005

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Rookie Pitchers

These guys old enough to stay up for night games? Mariners 19-year-old phenom Felix Hernandez (left), 2--1 with a 1.24 ERA and 30 K's in four starts, is most promising prodigy since Dwight Gooden. Marlins 22-year-old lefty Jason Vargas improved to 4--1 with complete-game win over the Dodgers. And A's closer Huston Street, 22, leads AL rookies with 16 saves.


Who needs TO? While the pouty receiver stayed home with an injured groin, Donovan McNabb and the Birds' offense was crisp, building a 17--0 lead en route to a 20--14 exhibition win over the Ravens. Said McNabb, "Things went pretty smooth."

Kalen Pimentel

Give this kid a contract. The 12-year-old from Vista, Calif., tied a Little League World Series record with 18 strikeouts (in six innings!) in a 7--2 win over Owensboro, Ky., then hit a grand slam to break a 3--3 tie and lift Vista to a 7--3 win over Westbrook, Maine, on Sunday.

Jeremy Mayfield

If Ruth was the Sultan of Swat, he is the Pharaoh of Fumes. Mayfield gambled by not taking his final pit stop, going the last 52 laps on a single tank to win the Marketplace 400. Said crew chief Slugger Labbe, "We had a 20th-place car and robbed the bank."


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