Blue Jays rotation
At week's end Toronto starting pitchers had the second best ERA (3.36) among AL rotations, thanks mostly to rookie lefty Gustavo Chacin: 3--0, 1.42 ERA.
Los Angeles Dodgers
Led by new second baseman Jeff Kent's .415 average and 13 RBIs, L.A. was off to its best start (9--2) since 1981.
Rich Harden, RHP, A's
Emerging as the ace of a revamped staff, the 23-year-old had a 0.68 ERA in two starts.
One reason why Colorado was off to its worst start (2--9) in franchise history: The starting pitchers had a 6.86 ERA.
Kevin Brown, RHP, Yankees
In his first game since getting shelled in Game 7 of the ALCS, the vet with the balky back was rocked again, 8--4, by Baltimore.
David Bell, 3B, Phillies
Hitless in five straight games last week, Bell slumped to .174 (8 for 46) with one extra-base hit and nine strikeouts.