Cardinals: Luis Alicea was 0-for-13 on the just-completed road trip and is two for his last 23 (.087) overall.

Cubs: Second baseman Ryne Sandberg left in the bottom of the second with an inner ear infection and dizziness. His status is day-to-day.

Expos: The team record for homers in a month is held by Rusty Staub, who hit 12 in August 1970.

Mets: Jeff Kent has hit in 12 of his past 14 games (18-for-54, .333).

Padres: Tony Gwynn was a late scratch after not feeling right in batting practice. He was expected to play after receiving a cortisone shot on Saturday for an inflamed right heel. He's missed eight straight starts, although he did make one appearance as a pinch hitter.

Pirates: Now that John Ericks (0-3) has been designated for assignment, every starter has an ERA of 3.18 or less. . . . Pittsburgh is 10-11 compared to 8-13 a season ago. . . . Second baseman Carlos Garcia missed his seventh consecutive game with tightness in his right hamstring.

Reds: Catcher Joe Oliver left the game after his second-inning single with tightness in his right hamstring. . . . Bret Boone left in the sixth with a mild sprain of his left ankle. He's listed as day-to-day.

Pub Date: 4/25/96

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