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April 15, 1999

Quote: "The same reason I took Juan [Gonzalez] out, the same reason [Ken] Griffey came out, the same reason [Russ] Davis came out, the same reason [Jay] Buhner came out. That's what you're supposed to do [in a blowout]." -- Johnny Oates, Rangers manager, on why he took out catcher Ivan Rodriguez in the eighth inning. Rodriguez had nine RBIs in the 15-6 win over Seattle and missed an opportunity to bat with two men on in the ninth.

It's a fact: The Red Sox have outscored opponents 34-13 in seven games and have a 1.74 ERA.

Who's hot: The Blue Jays' Tony Fernandez stretched his streak of reaching base to nine straight at-bats with a double and two walks before hitting into a fielder's choice in the sixth inning against the Devil Rays Tuesday.

Who's not: Mariners starters have a 7.83 ERA in their first eight games.

On deck: The Rangers' Rick Helling and the Mariners' Jeff Fassero combined to win 33 games last season, but both are 0-2 entering tonight's head-to-head contest.

Pub Date: 4/15/99

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