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June 30, 1999

Quote: "Watching the ninth inning was harder than pitching the first eight. It's tough to watch because you don't have any control over what happens."

-- Phillies' Curt Schilling, who watched Wayne Gomes take a 7-2 lead and get into and out of a jam.

It's a fact: The Astros have the fewest relief appearances of any team in the major leagues, 142 through the first 76 games.

Who's hot: Cardinals rookie Joe McEwing has a 20-game hitting streak.

Who's not: The Reds' Steve Avery walked nine last night, tying the mark for most in the majors this year.

On deck: Cardinals rookie Jose Jimenez makes his first start since pitching a no-hitter against Arizona. He faces the Astros tonight.

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