Hot corner

September 04, 1998

Quote: "I don't follow stats, so I don't know who the other four are." -- Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra after becoming one of only five players in major-league history to hit at least 30 homers in each of his first two seasons. The other four are Mark McGwire, Jose Canseco, Ron Kittle and Rudy York.

It's a fact: The AL West-leading Angels are 49-84 in September since 1991.

Who's hot: Knuckleballer Steve Sparks has won nine of 11 decisions with the Angels after going 0-8 in the minor leagues earlier this season.

Who's not: Twins right-hander Brad Radke failed to win for the seventh straight start yesterday. He last won on July 28 in Kansas City, his only win against seven losses since the All-Star break.

On deck: Mariners shortstop Alex Rodriguez needs just one stolen base and two home runs to join Canseco and Barry Bonds as the only players with 40 homers and 40 steals in the same season.

Pub Date: 9/04/98

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