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Quote: "Everybody knows that when you play in Cleveland, you don't hit the ball up the middle. I would love to play shortstop or second base like them. I can't. Nobody can." - Houston's Jeff Bagwell on Cleveland second baseman Roberto Alomar and shortstop Omar Vizquel.

It's a fact: Pittsburgh's Josias Manzanillo pitched 3 2/3 innings Tuesday to earn his first win since May 15, 1995.

Who's hot: The Rockies' Jeffrey Hammonds, an All-Star for the first time this year, homered and drove in five runs Tuesday.

Who's not: San Diego right-handers Brian Boehringer and Carlton Loewer had season-ending shoulder surgery Tuesday.

On deck: Three top NL hitters go at it in Los Angeles again today, Colorado's Todd Helton (league-best .383 through Tuesday) and Jeff Cirillo (.338) and the Dodgers' Gary Sheffield (.334), whose 33 homers lead the majors.

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