April 28, 1996

Braves: Ryan Klesko has nine homers in April, tying Dale Murphy's team record for the month. . . . Marquis Grissom has hit safely in 15 of his past 18 games, batting .270 (20-for-74).

Cardinals: Brian Jordan (Milford Mill) has hit .391 (9-for-23) since being moved into the No. 2 spot in the batting order four games ago.

Expos: Center fielder Rondell White was injured when he made a diving catch and crashed into the fence at Coors Field. He laid on the warning track for several minutes while being attended to by Montreal trainers. White was taken for precautionary X-rays of his left rib cage and back, and team officials said he also suffered a bruised left kidney.

Phillies: Philadelphia has allowed just two runs -- one earned -- in the past 26 innings while extending its winning streak to a season-high five games.

Pirates: , 40, has a 2.59 ERA through five starts -- nearly five runs per game lower than his 7.45 ERA for Toronto and Texas last season.

Reds: Cincinnati fell to 9-15, its worst start since the last time it had a rookie manager. The Reds opened 1993 with the same mark under Tony Perez, who was fired after 44 games. First-year manager Ray Knight used his 24th different lineup in 24 games, but still wound up with 10 losses in the past 11 games.

Rockies: Right-hander Bill Swift, who threw 43 pitches without pain in the bullpen Friday night, pronounced himself ready to pitch and is hoping to make his 1996 debut in a May 9-12 series at Florida. Swift underwent off-season shoulder surgery.

Marlins: Even counting Barry Bonds' two homers yesterday, Florida pitchers have given up only 16 home runs in 25 games this season.

Mets: Rico Brogna went 3-for-4 to raise his career batting average against Pittsburgh to .458. . . . Jose Vizcaino has a .484 average (15-for-31) during his eight-game streak.

Pub Date: 4/28/96

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