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Quote: "I feel a lot more confident writing out the lineup card this year than I did last September." -- Gene Lamont, whose Pirates lost 25 of 30 last year to finish 69-93 It's a fact: The Reds lost for only the 25th time in 71 road games.

Who's hot: Pirates starters have yielded four earned runs over their past four starts.

Who's not: The Cubs' Sammy Sosa is 6-for-31 (.194) since hitting homer No. 59 on Sept. 9.

On deck: The Braves' Greg Maddux goes for his 19th win today.

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