Who's hot

Jay Payton of the Rockies is hitting .355 (22-for-62) in his past 16 games, with eight homers and 15 RBIs.

Who's not

Russell Branyan of the Reds has struck out at least once in 15 of his past 16 games.

Line of the day

Orlando Cabrera, Expos SS

AB R H 2B 3B

5 1 3 2 1

He said it

"We'd lost six in a row. We didn't want to make it seven."

Ned Yost, Brewers manager, after yesterday's 5-3 win over Houston

On deck

The Cardinals and Astros, part of a three-team scram ble in the NL Central race with the Cubs, meet tonight.

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