NL hot corner


Quote: "In this game, you learn to sleep fast." Cubs manager Don Baylor, who took part in a 9 a.m. clinic Wednesday after a 4-hour, 48-minute game Tuesday that ended just before midnight.

It's a fact: Atlanta manager Bobby Cox got his 1,600th win Wednesday, passing Tommy Lasorda for 14th in a career.

Who's hot: San Francisco right-hander Russ Ortiz matched his career high of 12 strikeouts in a 2-0 win Wednesday, finishing August at 6-0 with a 1.31 ERA.

Who's not: The Pirates, woeful in so many ways, are 3-15 in afternoon home day games, losing 11 in a row, and were outscored 30-7 in three day games during a just-completed 1-6 homestand.

On deck: The Dodgers, who just finished a roadtrip at 5-3, play 19 of their next 25 games at home.

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