Notable, National League

April 08, 1996

Astros: Yesterday's game drew 16,258, raising Houston's total to 139,122 for five games, an average of 27,824. . . . Doug Drabek, who missed his Opening Day assignment because of a strained hamstring, pitched a simulated game Saturday and will make his season debut tomorrow against the Giants.

Braves: Marquis Grissom also hit a grand slam against the Cardinals as a member of the Expos on April 28, 1991.

Cardinals: St. Louis has sold more than 52,000 tickets for today's home opener with Montreal. The team expects to break the Busch Stadium single-game attendance record of 55,347 set during the 1987 World Series.

Dodgers: Pitcher Ramon Martinez will be examined today to determine the extent of his right groin strain. He hurt himself Saturday and was placed on the 15-day disabled list. Antonio Osuna joined the Dodgers from Triple-A Albuquerque to take Martinez's spot.

Expos: Attendance for the three-game series fell short of the 100,000 team officials were hoping for. With just 11,212 yesterday, the series drew 83,294. Attendance dropped for the third straight game. It was 45,042 on Friday and 27,040 on Saturday.

Giants: With Stan Javier sidelined by a strained hamstring, Barry Bonds made his first start in center field since joining San Francisco in 1993. Bonds made a running backhanded catch of Andre Dawson's deep fly with two on to end the third inning. . . . Mark Carreon went 3-for-3 against John Burkett, raising his batting average against him to .800.

Marlins: Quilvio Veras, who sat out the past two games with a strained hamstring, struck out as a pinch hitter in the sixth.

Rockies: Larry Walker, 2-for-18 and hitless in his past 16 at-bats, was replaced in center field by Trenidad Hubbard. . . . The Rockies remain the only team in the majors not to have committed an error.

Pub Date: 4/08/96

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