NL hot corner

June 16, 2000

Quote: "We can do it with him, or we can do it without him. It's his choice what happens. We can't go out there and throw strikes for him." - Atlanta's Chipper Jones on reliever John Rocker, who returned from the minors to the Braves Wednesday night and threw six straight balls before being lifted.

It's a fact: The New York Mets' 10-8 victory over the Chicago Cubs Wednesday was delayed by rain three times for nearly 3 1/2 hours.

Who's hot: The Cardinals' Garrett Stephenson, a Takoma Park native and former Orioles farmhand, won his ninth straight decision against NL teams, 3-1 over San Diego.

Who's not: The Marlins' Alex Gonzalez, the majors' worst-hitting regular, went 3-for-5 Wednesday night in Philadelphia, raising his average to .171, from .160.

On deck: The 1980 Phillies, the only team to win a World Series in franchise history, will have their 20th reunion this weekend.

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