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Quote: "It's not panic time. There's certainly time. But we've got to cut our losses to a minimum." -- Reds manager Jack McKeon, whose team has lost two of three and four of six.

It's a fact: The Cardinals' Mark McGwire had his ninth multi-homer game of the season and the 62nd of his career yesterday, tying him with Hank Aaron for third on the career list.

Who's hot: The Cardinals' Thomas Howard has nine hits in his past 10 at-bats.

Who's not: The Rockies' John Thomson (1-8) is 1-3 with a 5.65 ERA in five starts since being recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

On deck: McGwire and Sammy Sosa of the Cubs meet in the first of six games between the teams over the season's last two weeks.

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