NL hot corner


Quote: "You're paid to win. But if you don't win, you want to play the game the way it should be played. Too many games, we haven't done that and it makes it hard to take" - Padres manager Bruce Bochy, whose team is completing its second straight losing season

It's a fact: The Cardinals, who have clinched the division, have only three players left from their 1996 playoff team: Ray Lankford and Andy and Alan Benes.

Who's hot: The Braves' Chipper Jones is 27-for-69 (.391) in September.

Who's not: The Cubs' Kerry Wood walked eight of the 13 batters he faced.

On deck: For the first time in their eight-year history, the Rockies won't lead the major leagues in attendance. They figure to rank fifth behind the Cardinals, Giants, Indians and Orioles.

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