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Chacon shares NL weekly honor
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04/21/2003  5:13 PM ET 
Chacon shares NL weekly honor
By Thomas Harding / MLB.com

  • Players of the Week

    DENVER -- Colorado Rockies right-hander Shawn Chacon on Monday was chosen National League co-Player of the Week. Chacon became the first pitcher in the history of the 11th-year franchise to earn such an honor.

    Chacon allowed no earned runs 14 innings over two starts -- a 12-1 victory at Arizona on Tuesday, and an 8-0 victory over San Diego on Sunday. In Sunday's game, Chacon shared the shutout with relief pitcher Brian Fuentes and Jose Jimenez, who pitched an inning apiece.

      Shawn Chacon   /   P
    Height: 6'3"
    Weight: 210
    Bats/Throws: R/R

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    "It's just another little step," Chacon said after Sunday's performance. "It's still only April, so there's a long way to go. The way I see it, it's a big staircase and there are a lot of little stairs to go."

    Chicago Cubs outfielder Sammy Sosa, who hit his 504th career homer on Wednesday to tie Eddie Murray on the all-time list, was the other co-Player of the Week.

    Chacon, 25, is 3-0 with a 0.98 ERA that ranks second in the NL. In his last two starts, Chacon has struck out eight, walked four and held hitters to a .163 batting average.

    "He continues to make positive statements," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "He's in a good place right now, in a good rhythm."

    Catcher Charles Johnson said he has been impressed by Chacon's arm and brain.

    "He throws hard, and some guys that throw hard the way he does have a tendency to overthrow. But he throws a two-seamer down in the zone and throws his change-up to try to make you hit ground balls. He does a lot with his pitches. Rockies rookie pitcher Aaron Cook, who just missed a complete-game shutout in Colorado's 12-1 victory over San Diego on Friday night, also was nominated for the award.

    Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.



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