April 14, 1996

Braves: Chipper Jones, who batted second for the second straight game, ended an 0-for-8 and 2-for-19 slump with a single in the first. . . . The Braves have not lost a series against San Diego since April 1992.

Cardinals: Reliever Dennis Eckersley made his 907th major-league appearance, breaking a tie with Cy Young for eighth on the all-time list. . . . Ron Gant has walked 10 times in 11 games. . . . Luis Alicea has hit safely in 10 of 11 games, but is only 12-for-48 (.250).

Cubs: Ryne Sandberg went 0-for-3, dropping his average to .150. . . . Brian McRae's steal of home was the first by a Cubs player since Glenallen Hill -- now with the Giants -- stole home Aug. 1, 1994, against Florida.

Dodgers: Third baseman Mike Blowers has begun his first NL season with four hits in 40 at-bats. . . . Starter Darren Dreifort pitched a simulated game without any problems and is expected to be cleared today to begin a rehabilitative stint at Triple-A Albuquerque. . . . All of Chan Ho Park's starts will be broadcast in Korea.

Expos: Mike Lansing was 3-for-4 and is 21-for-43 (.489) with at least one hit in all 11 games. . . . The Expos have outscored their opponents, 43-19, from the sixth inning on.

Giants: William VanLandingham has walked 12 in 17 2/3 innings this season, including three yesterday.

Padres: Rickey Henderson did not reach base for the first time in 11 games. . . . Ken Caminiti returned to the lineup after leaving Friday's game before the second inning with a strained right hamstring.

Phillies: Mickey Morandini's seven-game hitting streak was halted when he went 0-3. . . . Lenny Dykstra has reached base in all 10 games.

Pirates: Carlos Garcia's homer was the 8,000th in team history. . . . Jason Kendall was 3-for-20 before his double.

Rockies: The postponement was the first at Coors Field and the first in Denver since rain canceled a Sept. 13, 1993, game between the Rockies and Astros at Mile High Stadium. A snowstorm wiped out Colorado's scheduled game with the Mets on April 12 that same year. . . . Jayhawk Owens, who has been sidelined with a sprained left thumb since March 22, began a rehabilitation assignment Friday in Chandler, Ariz. Owens caught four innings and went 0-for-3 as a designated hitter. He also was hit by two pitches.

Pub Date: 4/14/96

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