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May 23, 2000

Quote: "You don't have to go to South America to see the rain forest; just come up here. At least it's not cold this time." - Astros manager Larry Dierker, after rain prevented batting practice before the doubleheader in Milwaukee

It's a fact: Catcher Keith Osik, who pitched the ninth inning of the 19-4 loss to the Cardinals on Saturday, has the Pirates' highest batting average (.500) and highest ERA (45.00).

Who's hot: The Brewers' Ron Belliard has a 12-game hitting streak.

Who's not: The Giants' Russ Ortiz Sunday became the first starting pitcher in 46 years to give up 10 earned runs and get the win.

On deck: Mark McGwire has homered in 36 big-league parks, tying him with Fred McGriff for the record. He'll have a chance to add another when the Cardinals visit Detroit's new Comerica Park in June.

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