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May 31, 2000

Quote: "Obviously, there's something a little different with the ball this year. I see ugly swings and the ball's still traveling. ... You see little guys going 405 feet to the opposite field, and you're going, `Wow.' " - Angels manager Mike Scioscia

It's a fact: Ray Lankford has 661 walks for the Cardinals, moving him ahead of Rogers Hornsby for sixth place on the team's all-time list.

Who's hot: Entering last night's game against St.Louis, Arizona's Tony Womack had a 24-game hitting streak, the longest in the majors this season.

Who's not: Since returning from a forearm injury, the Marlins' Dan Miceli has faced 15 batters and recorded four outs. He has walked five, given up three doubles and a home run.

On deck: Mark McGwire faces Randy Johnson as the NL Central-leading Cardinals take on the Diamondbacks, who lead the NL West.

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