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Peaks & Valleys - July 9 - Ubaldo Jimenez Returns To Form

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The Rockies finally found that sweep that had eluded them since they swept the Toronto Blue Jays in the middle of June. And to make it even better, it was with Ubaldo Jimenez on the mound. As has been normal around here, Peaks & Valleys will center that game. However, I also invite you to discuss any of the articles in the Starting Lineup. We have everything from a Nuggets fan's perspective on The Decision to the NL All-Star Starting pitcher to the Broncos' roster preview to favorite Buffs moments to the Nugget's front court.

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Peaks

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-Fifteen. That's the number of wins Ubaldo Jimenez has this season--before the All-Star Break. He's only two away from tying Kevin Ritz (1996), Pedro Astacio (1999), and Jeff Francis (2007) for most wins in a season with 17, but Jimenez is likely to go far beyond that many. He has a legitimate shot at reaching 25 victories.

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-Eight innings pitched, three hits, one run allowed, two walks, six strikeouts. Ubaldo Jimenez is pretty good, eh?

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-Jason Giambi has caught a lot of grief from Rockies fans this season, but more 4-for-4, two RBI performances will quiet his critics.

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-George Karl keeps progressing in his recovery from cancer and feels more excited about coaching basketball.

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Valleys

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-Carlos Gonzalez did not make the NL All-Star team, finishing third in the final voting. Joey Votto has been quite the player this season, too.