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Quote: "I don't know how it is for Walker, but it had to help having a big guy like Dante Bichette hitting behind me." -- Rockies rookie Derrick Gibson, who took Larry Walker's spot in the lineup and had two homers and six RBIs

It's a fact: Mark McGwire has five homers against the Cubs this season and Sammy Sosa four against the Cardinals.

Who's hot: The Mets have baseball's best record since June 6 (65-30).

Who's not: The Phillies' Paul Byrd is 0-4 with a 9.39 ERA in his past five starts.

On deck: The NL East showdown begins tonight as the Mets visit the Braves for a three-game series, the first of six head-to-head meetings in 10 days.

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