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Jun 4, 2002 6:07 AM

Games for week ending June 9

Brewers at Pirates: Three-game set without interleague play has no luster. Looking for a free hitting series with totals being the play.

Giants at Yanks: Series that figures to be sold out for all three games. Yanks hitting will have to carry them. Looking for OVER to dominate. Going with Mike Mussina in one of the games.

D’backs at BoSox: Another series that should have more than a modest interest. Going with Pedro Martinez in one game and against Curt Schilling in another.

Rockies at Jays: Colorado has found new life under new manager Cliff Hurdle. Going with Mike Hampton and John Thomson to continue Rockies’ winning ways.

Dodgers at O’s: First glance looks like Dodgers could make hay against this outfit. Orioles on a roll of late, winning a series from Seattle. Look for Andy Ashby and Ishii to throw a road-block in the Baltimore express.

Mets at Indians: Cleveland getting back in the groove after slumping about 10 days ago. Mets pitching will test Indians. We see Cleveland as a pretender and not a contender. Take Mets with Jeff D’Amico and Pedro Astacio.

Phils at Tigers: The Phils will find Detroit a difficult place to play. Going with Jeff Weaver and Mark Redman to win a couple for Tigers.

Padres at D’Rays: This series will be watched in total obscurity. Going with Ryan Rupe and Joe Kennedy to win a couple for Tampa Bay, if anyone is interested.

Braves at Rangers: Texas doesn’t have the pitching to stop Atlanta. Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine on top of their game. Chalk up two for the Braves.

Marlins at Twins: Marlins and Twins are even offensively so pitching is key. Take Ryan Dempster and John Burnett to give Florida two wins.

Expos at ChiSox: Struggling Sox going to have a problem getting back in the groove. Both teams can hit. Totals are the smart play in the series. Play OVER.

Cards at Royals: The Cards looking to make up ground here, but would be sadly mistaken to take KC lightly. St. Louis has been erratic of late. Look for Royals to win with Jeff Suppan and Paul Byrd.

Astros at A’s: The A’s will come to life at home with Mark Mulder and Barry Zito against Houston.

Cubs at M’s: Like Seattle all the way. Suggest a double play against Cubs phenom Mark Prior and a single bet against Matt Clement.

Reds at Angels: Reds will be desperate to do well against Angels, who have the good pitching. Aaron Sele and Kevin Appier will do the job.