Notable

April 21, 1996

Astros: Pitcher Greg Swindell went on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained left groin muscle.

Braves: Atlanta is 1-3 in one-run games. . . . The Braves have hit into 17 double plays and made only nine themselves.

Cardinals: Right-hander Mike Morgan, who underwent off-season surgery on his pitching shoulder, will begin a rehabilitation assignment today with Single-A St. Petersburg.

Cubs: Brian McRae has hit safely in 15 of his past 16 starts.

Dodgers: Mike Piazza's first homer of the season came in his 61st at-bat, ending the longest home run drought of his career. Expos: With a crowd of 14,022, Montreal has drawn 136,126 for an average of 17,016 after eight games. That's down from 177,421, a 22,178 average, after the same number last year.

Giants: Shawon Dunston extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a pinch single in the ninth. . . . The Giants have 10 errors in the past six games after a nine-game errorless streak from April 4-13.

Mets: New York has allowed at least five runs in all but two games this year, both against Colorado.

Padres: Doctors determined that Tony Gwynn won't need surgery on his inflamed right heel. Gwynn, leading the majors with a .472 average, underwent an MRI on his heel, which forced him to miss three straight starts. He is expected to play Wednesday.

Phillies: Starter Sid Fernandez struck out 11, his 35th career game with double-digit strikeouts.

Pirates: Second baseman Carlos Garcia sat for the third straight game with a sore right hamstring. . . . The Pirates are 1-6 in games started by left-handers.

Reds: Outfielder Thomas Howard rejoined the team after medical rehabilitation at Triple-A Indianapolis.

Rockies: Andres Galarraga has struck out in each of the past 10 games.

Pub Date: 4/21/96

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