Originally created 08/25/02

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WHO'S HOT

Reliever Jason Howell is 1-1 with three saves and a 1.69 ERA while holding opposing hitters to a .186 average in his past six appearances.

WHO'S NOT

Backup catcher John Nathans is 2-for-20 with no extra base hits in August.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"Different people were (offering money) to get me to do it. It was just a little reckless abandon out there on my part."

-Hagerstown Suns pitcher Brian Burres, who gave Lake Olmstead Stadium fans a show during a torrential downpour last week by running around the bases wearing only his underwear.

JACKETS BY THE NUMBERS

.298 - On-base percentage, last in SAL

3.67 - Runs per game, last in SAL

65 - Stolen bases, last in SAL

.233 - Average, next-to-last in SAL

SAL PITCHER OF THE WEEK

Layne Dawson, Lakewood BlueClaws

The 22-year-old right-hander is the first repeat winner this season after spinning a three-hit shutout on the road over Columbus. A 2001 21st-round pick by the Phillies out of the University of Memphis, Dawson fanned six batters and walked none to improve to 5-4.

SAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Walter Young, Hickory Crawdads

The 22-year-old first baseman hit .588, going 10-for-17 with two home runs, two doubles and five RBI last week. A 31st-round pick of the Pirates in 1999, the 6-foot-5 slugger enters the final week of the season with a shot at the triple crown, ranking third in the SAL with a .333 average while leading the league with 22 home runs and 94 RBI. He was named the league's MVP and top prospect on Friday.