July 17, 1998

Astros: Houston's Jeff Bagwell went 1-for-12 in the Arizona series and is 4-for-26 since the All-Star break.

Cardinals: Team is 906-905 overall against the Dodgers Mark McGwire leads the majors with 22 intentional walks, four short of the team record set by Stan Musial in 1958. Willie McCovey holds the major-league record with 45 in 1969.

Diamondbacks: With the temperature outside hitting a record 117 degrees for Wednesday night's game against Houston, and with recent criticism from fans about the heat inside Bank One Ballpark, the air conditioner was cranked up, and it was just 79 degrees on the field at gametime Arizona's streak of 81 games with an extra-base hit became the longest in the majors when Cleveland's 91-game streak ended Wednesday.

Expos: Mike Mordecai began an injury rehab assignment (sprained left thumb) with Class A Jupiter of the Florida State League.

Mets: New York reliever John Franco had a hearing on his appeal of the three-game suspension and $1,500 fine he received for bumping an umpire in Atlanta on July 5. A ruling should be announced today.

Pirates: Kevin Young and Keith Osik were hit by pitches, increasing Pittsburgh's major league-leading total to 57.

Phillies: OF Doug Glanville extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a single in the first.

Pub Date: 7/17/98

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