Notable NATIONAL LEAGUE

April 04, 1996

Astros: Starter Doug Drabek pitched on the side yesterday to test his hamstring pull and will pitch Tuesday against the San Francisco Giants.

Cardinals: Shortstop Ozzie Smith is still bothered with a right hamstring pull and continues to be day-to-day.

Cubs: Ryne Sandberg is 0-for-8 after coming out of retirement.

Dodgers: Hideo Nomo declined to talk about his losing outing, shunning the media, including his following of 80 Japanese credentialed media for the game because he said they distracted him when he warmed up Tuesday.

Giants: The club announced that its proposed waterfront ballpark will be known as Pacific Bell Park now that the team has struck a $50 million, 24-year agreement with the telecommunications company. A prepared release from the Giants called the deal with PacBell "one of the largest and most comprehensive strategic alliances of its kind in the history of professional sports." It puts the Giants halfway toward their goal of $100 million in corporate sponsorship.

Padres: Rickey Henderson, trying a new league after 16-plus outstanding years in the AL, is 0-for-8. . . . Joey Hamilton, who lost his final four decisions last year, still has a 3.05 ERA over the last two seasons -- second in the league to the 1.60 of Atlanta's Greg Maddux.

Pub Date: 4/04/96

LTC

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