Hot corner

April 12, 2000

Quote: "It gives new meaning to the baseball phrase `sliding into home.' " -- Comedy writer Jerry Perisho on Rockies pitcher John Thomson, who was arrested Thursday after his Corvette skidded into a house in Tucson, Ariz.

It's a fact: Four of J. D. Drew's five hits for St. Louis have been home runs. All this despite a sore left wrist.

Who's hot: The Cardinals' 6-1 start was their best since 1986, when they went 7-1. The club record for 10 games is 8-2, set in 1944, 1946 and 1981.

Who's not: Astros catcher Mitch Meluskey is 0-for-9 in throwing out base stealers.

On deck: The Pirates play all four of the 1999 NL playoff participants in their first 19 games.

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