NL hot corner


Quote: "The third-place Florida Marlins - Holy cow, that sounds good!" - manager John Boles, whose team has won six of nine to arrive at .500

It's a fact: Thirty-two of the 56 earned runs the Cardinals' Darryl Kile has given up have come in his five losses. His ERA in the other 13 games is 2.58.

Who's hot: The Diamondbacks' Steve Finley has homered in four of his past five games after going 20 games without one.

Who's not: The Cardinals, who entered the weekend with the fewest errors in the NL, have seven in their past three games.

On deck: The Pirates will be on the road for 11 of their next 14 games.

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