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July 30, 1999

Quote: "At this time of the year, you can't just expect to make a trade and have everything work. Sometimes making trades won't give you the answer. Sometimes you build a team that you think is going to win, and it loses, but you just have to live with it until the team improves. Right now, that [losing] is what we're living with." -- Dodgers reliever Pedro Borbon on the team's disappointing season.

It's a fact: With his two-run triple Wednesday night, Houston's Mike Hampton became the first pitcher since Bob Forsch (1975) to have three triples in a season.

Who's hot: Dodgers outfielder Gary Sheffield singled in the fourth to extend his hitting streak to 10 games.

Who's not: The Cubs' Kevin Tapani is 0-5 in his last six starts.

On deck: Paul Byrd (11-6) faces his former team the Braves and John Smoltz (8-3) tonight as Philadelphia tries to stay close in the NL East race.

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