April 22, 1996

Astros: Brian Hunter continues to prosper as the club's leadoff hitter. He has hit safely in 14 of 18 games and has a team-high nine multi-hit games. . . . The Astros have been successful in 19 of 22 stolen-base attempts.

Braves: Reliever Pedro Borbon, eligible to come off the disabled list tomorrow, will join Double-A Greenville in Memphis on a rehabilitation assignment. He will pitch tomorrow, then rejoin the Braves in St. Louis on April 26.

Expos: Moises Alou left the game in the fifth with what was announced as a mild strain of the left hamstring. . . . The last time the Expos swept Pittsburgh was June 13-15, 1994. . . . Starter Tavo Alvarez, hitless in 12 career at-bats entering the game, singled in the second inning.

Giants: The infield combo of Robby Thompson and Shawon Dunston returned to the lineup. It's the fifth game the two have started together this year. Thompson was activated from the disabled list, and played in his first game since April 5. . . . Third baseman Matt Williams did not start because of a sore hamstring. He pinch hit in the eighth and struck out.

Mets: Rico Brogna, who had hit safely in 13 of 14 games he started, went 0-for-3, failing to get the ball out of the infield. . . . Lance Johnson's triple stopped an 0-for-14 slump.

Padres: Jody Reed has reached base safely in all 18 games. . . . Marc Newfield, 12 for his past 28, extended his hitting streak to a career-high six games. He has been playing left field in place of injured Rickey Henderson.

Phillies: Jim Eisenreich has played 189 games in the field without committing an error. Eisenreich has made four errors in his past 435 games.

Pirates: Pittsburgh pitchers have allowed at least one home run in seven straight games.

Reds: Cincinnati leads the majors with 30 steals.

Pub Date: 4/22/96

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