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Quote: "Until I became manager of the Reds, I'd never heard of MRI. Now all I hear is MRI, MRI, MRI. I thought it was a new long-distance carrier like MCI. Next thing we'll have portable MRI machines in the dugout." -- Reds manager Jack McKeon

It's a fact: The rock group Cheap Trick performed during the seventh-inning stretch at Wrigley Field.

Who's hot: San Francisco's Barry Bonds, who failed to homer in his first 53 at-bats this season, hit his sixth in 52 at-bats.

Who's not: Pittsburgh's Mark Smith, formerly of the Orioles, who struck out as a pinch hitter in the fifth inning and is now hitless in 28 at-bats this season. That's the longest stretch without a hit from the start of a season since Jose Gonzalez opened the 1991 season 0-for-28: 27 at-bats with the Dodgers and one with the Pirates.

On deck: The Phillies' Curt Schilling, 3-0 against the Astros last season, starts today against unbeaten Mike Hampton (4-0).

Pub Date: 5/02/98

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