Hot corner NATIONAL LEAGUE

May 16, 1998

Quote: "These kids listen to me. Unlike my own kids." -- Utility outfielder Jim Eisenreich, on working with the Marlins' younger players.

It's a fact: The Marlins have scored first in 22 games, but are only 5-17 in those games.

Who's hot: The Reds' Eddie Taubensee is 10-for-15 in his past four games and is hitting .382 this season.

Who's not: The Cubs' Jeremi Gonzalez gave up eight runs in 1 2/3 innings to raise his ERA from 4.38 to 5.98.

On deck: The Cardinals reportedly are talking to the Pirates about acquiring Esteban Loaiza or Jon Lieber to strengthen their rotation. It is believed the Pirates are interested in John Mabry to play third base.

Pub Date: 5/16/98

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