Hot corner

September 23, 1999

Quote: "I felt proud of the accomplishment, especially after missing six weeks. It's special, there's no doubt about it. I wish I was doing it for a team in a pennant race." -- The Mariners' Alex Rodriguez, who Tuesday became the first shortstop in AL history to hit at least 40 homers in more than one season.

It's a fact: The Red Sox's Pedro Martinez has become the second pitcher to strike out 300-plus batters in a season in both leagues, joining Randy Johnson.

Who's hot: The Yankees' Paul O'Neill has an eight-game hitting streak and 21 RBIs in his last 10 games.

Who's not: The Rangers' Mark McLemore has only four hits in his last 33 at-bats.

On deck: The Indians' Charles Nagy goes for his career-high 18th victory as Cleveland plays its last game at Tiger Stadium.

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