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Quote: "He was throwing cheese, and he had a nasty breaking ball, too." - Indians catcher Sandy Alomar on 20-year-old Cardinals pitcher Rick Ankiel, who struck out 11 batters for the second time this season in St. Louis' 3-2 loss yesterday. Overall, Ankiel has 46 strikeouts in 38 1/3 innings.

It's a fact: The Braves have hit back-to-back homers three times this season (Javy Lopez and Reggie Sanders did it yesterday).

Who's hot: Astros reliever Doug Henry struck out a career-high five in two innings against the White Sox.

Who's not: The Red Sox' Brian Daubach was hitless in four trips yesterday and now has four hits in his last 33 at-bats.

On deck: David Wells of the Blue Jays will go for his 10th win against Chipper Jones and the Braves tonight in Atlanta.

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