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Quote: "We should have played this way all year. Now we can go out loose and relaxed. You can tell by the atmosphere in here that guys are having a lot of fun." - Astros' Scott Elarton after Houston rallied yesterday to beat the Reds, 3-2, and complete a three-game sweep.

It's a fact: Women make up 46 percent of the average crowd at a major-league game, according to a report issued yesterday by the commissioner's office that urges teams to market more to female fans.

Who's hot: Houston's Octavio Dotel hasn't allowed a run in eight relief appearances covering 9 1/3 innings this season.

Who's not: Pirates All-Star Brian Giles went 0-for-3 yesterday, dropping his average to .298. He was hitting .342 in mid-June.

On deck: Grant Roberts of the Mets will make his major-league debut tonight in the opener of a doubleheader against the Expos. The second game was scheduled because of yesterday's rainout.

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