April 27, 1996

Braves: Fred McGriff struck out 22 times in his first 89 at-bats. . . . Atlanta is 98-32 against NL West teams since June 1993. . . . Rafael Belliard, who has made only one error in each of the previous three seasons, has one already this season.

Cardinals: Dennis Eckersley has not allowed an earned run in 11 2/3 innings this season. . . . Ron Gant has walked 18 times in 24 games. . . . Ray Lankford is in a 5-for-29 (.172) slump.

Mets: Rookie SS Rey Ordonez extended his hitting streak to 11 games. . . . Lance Johnson already has six triples; the team record is 10 by Mookie Wilson in 1984.

Phillies: IF Mike Benjamin was activated from the DL and IF Kevin Sefcik was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Benjamin had arthroscopic surgery on his right wrist March 13.

Pirates: 2B Carlos Garcia missed his ninth consecutive game with a strained right hamstring. He might be ready tomorrow.

Reds: 2B Bret Boone was out of the lineup for a second consecutive game with a sprained left ankle.

Pub Date: 4/27/96

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