Hot corner

May 17, 1999

Quote: "I haven't lost any confidence in my ability to get anybody out. By the fan reaction, you'd think so." -- Cubs closer Rod Beck, who retired one of four batters before being pulled, to loud boos from the crowd of 39,915.

It's a fact: The Pirates are 8-3 in the daylight.

Who's hot: The Phillies' Rob Ducey is 8-for-15 (.533) in his past six games with two homers and five RBIs.

Who's not: In the last three games, Expos starting pitchers gave up 19 earned runs in 11 2/3 innings for an ERA of 14.66.

On deck: The Pirates' Francisco Cordova will come off the disabled list to start in Atlanta on Wednesday.

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