Hot corner

July 21, 1998

Quote: "I've told our scouts that the next one who tells us some kid has McGwire-like power gets fired immediately. Nobody else has McGwire-like power." -- Reds general manager Jim Bowden, on Cardinals' Mark McGwire.

It's a fact: Marlins reliever Matt Mantei had recorded 10 consecutive outs by strikeout before the Brewers' Jose Valentin grounded out in the eighth inning last night.

Who's hot: Braves third baseman Chipper Jones is hitting .463 (25-for-54) this month with eight home runs and 15 RBIs.

Who's not: Expos fielders committed three errors last night -- two that led to unearned runs -- and lead the majors with 105 errors.

On deck: Marlins president Don Smiley said he'll decide by the end of the week whether to drop his bid to purchase the team from owner Wayne Huizenga. Smiley has struggled to find enough investors to meet the $169 million purchase price.

Pub Date: 7/21/98

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