NL hot corner


Quote: "It would be thrilling to go into Yankee Stadium in front of 60,000 fans on national television with the [season] on the line for the Yankees." -- manager John Boles on the possibility that the Marlins would play their 162nd game Oct. 2 at Yankee Stadium, but only if it would affect any races

It's a fact: Adam Hyzdu, brought up by the Pirates yesterday, broke Ken Griffey's home run record at Cincinnati's Moeller High School.

Who's hot: The Phillies' Bruce Chen has a scoreless streak of 20 2/3 innings.

Who's not: The Brewers' John Snyder is 0-6, 5.88 in 13 starts since his last win, June 22 at Florida.

On deck: Of the Mets' final 23 games, 17 are against the Phillies, Expos and Brewers -- who are a combined 173-241 (.418). The rest are against the first-place Braves.

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