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July 23, 1999

Quote: "I barely made it to the clubhouse. I could have gone out there for the ninth, but I might not be standing here now. I would have been passed out."

-- Reds starter Brett Tomko, who struck out a career-high 10 in eight innings against the Cardinals, despite the 98-degree heat.

It's a fact: After two hits yesterday, the Padres' Tony Gwynn is 15 shy of 3,000 career hits.

Who's hot: The Brewers' Hideo Nomo has won five straight starts at home and eight of his past 11 overall.

Who's not: The Expos have gone nearly a month without a win from a starter, tying a team record in the process. Since Carl Pavano beat Florida on June 25, Montreal starters have gone 0-11 with a 6.38 ERA in 23 games.

On deck: The Phillies, 5 1/2 games behind the NL East-leading Braves, will play host to Atlanta in a doubleheader today.

Pub Date: 7/23/99

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