Hot corner: AMERICAN LEAGUE

June 20, 2000

Quote: "It's not that easy to play this game and it bothers me when people make jokes about someone who is trying so hard." - Yankees manager Joe Torre about an ESPN broadcaster's jabs at the throwing problems of New York second baseman Chuck Knoblauch.

It's a fact: With the assigning of Allen McDill (0-0, 7.20 ERA) to Triple-A Toledo, the Tigers have only one left-hander on their pitching staff - former starter C. J. Nitkowski.

Who's hot: The Blue Jays' Carlos Delgado has a 13-game hitting streak.

Who's not: The Rangers' Rafael Palmeiro has gone a season-high seven games without an extra-base hit or RBI.

On deck: Pedro Martinez pitches for the Red Sox against the rival New York Yankees at Boston's Fenway Park.

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