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Quote: "I swung the bat good early in the year and then I just lost it. Now I feel like I have it back again." -- Brewers' Jose Valentin, who hit his first two home runs since April 27.

It's a fact: When Eddie Taubensee walked in the fifth, it was Cincinnati's first base on balls in 24 1/3 innings.

Who's hot: The Pirates' Aramis Ramirez is 8-for-26 since starting his career 0-for-24.

Who's not: The Cubs' Sammy Sosa is hitless in his past three games, going 0-for-12.

On deck: Henry Rodriguez, who has 12 homers, is on pace to become the first left-handed Cubs outfielder to hit 30 homers since Rick Monday hit 32 in 1976.

Pub Date: 6/13/98

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