July 31, 1999

Braves: Brian Jordan (Milford Mill) doubled in the fourth inning, ending an 0-for-18 skid. Jordan missed the previous four games with a pinched nerve in his neck.

Cardinals: Eric Davis, on the disabled list more than a month with a partially torn rotator cuff, batted from a tee for the first time. Mark McGwire has 480 homers as a first baseman, tying him for second place on the career list with Jimmie Foxx. Lou Gehrig is first with 493. A sellout crowd of 46,208 put the team above 2 million in attendance in the 49th game.

Cubs: Sammy Sosa has 140 homers since Opening Day 1997, leaving him two shy of tying his team record of 142 hit during a three-year span. He hit 142 from 1996 to 1998.

Giants: Barry Bonds is 13-for-37 career off the Reds' Denny Neagle with five homers.

Phillies: Philadelphia is 11 games over .500 for the first time since July 8, 1995.

Reds: Second baseman Pokey Reese had more tests on his bruised left hand that found no fracture. He was hit by a pitch last Monday and hasn't played since. Steve Parris, who was scratched from his start yesterday because of a strained shoulder muscle, played catch and reported improvement. Reliever Stan Belinda singled in the sixth, his first hit since Sept. 7, 1997.

Pub Date: 7/31/99

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