Hot corner NATIONAL LEAGUE

May 28, 1998

Quote: "He's a show-stopper, there's no doubt about it. You don't go to the restroom, you don't go buy any hot dogs, peanuts, or anything when he's hitting. Every time he swings the bat, you hold your breath and hope he doesn't make contact." -- Rockies manager Don Baylor on Cardinals slugger Mark McGwire.

It's a fact: The Pirates lead the major leagues with 35 hit batsmen, including Jason Kendall's major-league high 15.

Who's hot: The Expos' Chris Widger went 2-for-4 and has hits in 19 of the past 24 games.

Who's not: The Dodgers' Charles Johnson extended his slide since joining the team to 0-for-34. He got a hit in his first at-bat after the trade from Florida and is 1-for-35 since joining L.A.

On deck: The Braves' Dennis Martinez goes after career victory No. 243 but his first against his former team Montreal when he starts for host Atlanta tonight.

Pub Date: 5/28/98

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