July 12, 1999

Astros: Houston leads the NL with 179 doubles. Shane Reynolds (10-6), Mike Hampton (11-3) and Jose Lima give Houston three pitchers with double-digit wins before the All-Star break for the first time.

Blue Jays: David Wells went 0-for-2 with his second career sacrifice. He is hitting .132 with five hits in 38 career at-bats.

Dodgers: Los Angeles has a losing record at the All-Star break for the ninth time since division play began in 1969. The only time it rallied to earn a postseason berth was the strike-delayed 1995 season, when it won the NL West with a 78-66 mark.

Mariners: After going 9-for-12 with four home runs in Anaheim, Alex Rodriguez went 0-for-9 with four strikeouts against the Dodgers.

Mets: The crowd of 161,481 was the team's largest for a three-game series. Yesterday's crowd was the biggest since June 10, 1972, against Houston.

Pirates: Pittsburgh has averaged 7.3 runs in Todd Ritchie's 15 starts.

Twins: Minnesota is 7-4 in inter- league play this season and 21-20 since its inception.

Pub Date: 7/12/99

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