The hot corner


Quote: "None of the homers I gave up were wind blown. The only way to defend against them [the homers] was not to throw the ball over the plate, and then you'd be in even worse shape." - Cubs' Kevin Tapani, who gave up four to the White Sox in six innings

It's a fact: When the All-Star game was at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in 1972, baseball had a hit, pitch and run competition before the game. The winner was Jeff Hornacek, then 9, who later became an NBA All-Star.

Who's hot: The Mariners haven't lost a series in their past 11.

Who's not: The Pirates' Jose Silva is 1-9 in his past 17 starts.

On deck: Next year's All-Star Game will be at Seattle's Safeco Field.

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