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April 09, 1999

Quote: "It's a nice acknowledgment from the fans, but I can't say I take a lot of pride getting fisted off the hands and getting applause for it. I'd rather do something and feel a little more deserving of it."

-- Brewers pitcher Jim Abbott, who was born with only one hand, on receiving a standing ovation after grounding out to third in one of two at-bats in St. Louis. He took a called third strike in his other at-bat.

It's a fact: Dating to last season, the Cardinals have homered in 12 consecutive games.

Who's hot: The Giants, off to a 4-0 start after their 12-4 win over the Padres yesterday, lead the majors with 38 runs and have hit eight homers.

Who's not: The Reds dropped their first three home games for the first time since 1979.

On deck: The next homer for the Diamondbacks' Matt Williams would be the 301st of his career, which would tie him with Rogers Hornsby for 79th all-time.

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