Hot corner

July 29, 1999

Quote: "People might think it was a fluke last year, but it wasn't. I am for real." -- Jose Lima, Astros pitcher, who is 14-5 this season after a breakthrough 16-8 campaign last year.

It's a fact: The Mets' Kenny Rogers has 12 no-decisions in 20 starts this season.

Who's hot: The Braves' Ryan Klesko is batting .377 with seven homers and 15 RBIs over his past 16 games.

Who's not: The Mets' Mike Piazza is in a 3-for-18 slump.

On deck: The Giants begin their longest road trip of the season tomorrow, a 12-game journey to Cincinnati, Arizona, Atlanta and Florida.

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