June 16, 1996

Astros: Houston has at least one extra-base hit in all but one game (June 9) this season .

Braves: The crowd of 49,726 was the largest for a regular-season game in Atlanta since July 4, 1977. . . . Of Steve Avery's nine hits this season, five have been for extra bases. . . . Avery hasn't allowed a homer to a left-handed hitter since Darren Daulton hit one at Philadelphia on June 26, 1994.

Cubs: The game was played before a standing-room only crowd of 39,465, the largest Wrigley Field crowd since last July 2 when 40,494 watched a Cubs-Cardinals game.

Giants: The pitching staff has allowed 86 home runs this season, tops in the NL.

Indians: Charles Nagy is 62-36 in 123 starts on grass but is only 6-14 in 27 starts on artificial turf. . . . Carlos Baerga's homer was the 100th of his career, coming in his 883rd game.

Pirates: Jay Bell played a career-high 46th consecutive errorless game at shortstop. The major-league record is 62 by Spike Owen of Montreal in 1990.

Rangers: Three of Warren Newson's homers have come as the second half of Texas' four back-to-back homers this year.

Red Sox: Third baseman Tim Naehring, who left Thursday's game in Chicago with back stiffness, didn't play for the second consecutive day.

Yankees: Bernie Williams singled his first two times up after having had two hits in his previous 15 at-bats.

Pub Date: 6/16/96

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