NL hot corner


Quote: "I was running with my head down. I didn't even see it go out and I almost tripped over first base." - Keith McDonald, who became the third Cardinal to homer in his first major-league at-bat

It's a fact: The national anthem in St. Louis was a saxophone solo by Rams all-pro defensive end Kevin Carter.

Who's hot: The Phillies' Scott Rolen has a 12-game hitting streak, raising his average from .257 to .292.

Who's not: The Reds' Ken Griffey is in a 2-for-23 slump.

On deck: Hank Aaron, the major-league career home run leader with 755, will throw out the first pitch before the All-Star Game.

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