Astros: During the past 20 days, Houston has raised its team batting average from .243 to .285.

Cubs: Brian McRae was caught stealing for the first time this season after being successful in his first 12 attempts. . . . Ryne Sandberg jogged in the outfield and took grounders and is expected back in the lineup today.

Dodgers: Eric Karros returned to the lineup after missing seven games due to a strained muscle in his left side. . . . Brett Butler, bothered by tonsillitis since before spring training, will be placed the disabled list tomorrow and have his tonsils removed.

Marlins: Reliever Alejandro Pena saw Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., for a second opinion on his rotator cuff injury and was told surgery is not needed.

Padres: Rickey Henderson raised his average above .200 for the first time since April 10.

Phillies: Heart problems and high blood pressure will sideline pitching coach Johnny Podres for the rest of the season.

Pirates: The only other Pittsburgh player to hit two homers in an inning was Jake Stenzel in 1894.

Pub Date: 5/01/96

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