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August 22, 1999

Quote: "I pitched sort of like the weather today. Cloudy, overcast, not too good, not too bad." -- Cardinals starter Kent Merker, who gave up five runs on six hits and struck out six in 5 2/3 innings

It's a fact: The Astros and Marlins played nine innings yesterday in 2: 12 after taking 5: 44 to play 16 Friday night.

Who's hot: The Mets bullpen has pitched 24 straight scoreless innings.

Who's not: The Marlins' Dennis Springer is winless in six starts since July 21.

On deck: Second baseman Quilvio Veras, eligible to come off the DL today, likely won't play until the Padres visit Philadelphia tomorrow.

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