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July 18, 1998

Quote: "I don't know what he was thinking. I don't know what I was thinking. I was trying to do my pitch. I wasn't surprised about anything. He just came after me, so I said, 'Let's go!' It's part of the game." -- Expos pitcher Javier Vazquez about Pirates' Aramis Ramirez.

It's a fact: Padres right-hander Andy Ashby, who is 8-1 in his past nine decisions, has beaten Cincinnati three times this season after starting his career 0-8 against the Reds.

Who's hot: Atlanta's Tom Glavine on the road. He's 7-1 with a 1.96 ERA in nine starts away from Turner Field.

Who's not: Atlanta's Danny Bautista went 2-for-4 last night, including a homer. That matched his number of hits in the previous 37 at-bats.

On deck: The Mets' Al Leiter (9-4), on the DL since June 27 with a partial tear of a left knee tendon, will start against the Phillies and Tyler Green (6-5) today. Leiter's 1.86 ERA is second-lowest in the NL.

Pub Date: 7/18/98

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