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June 23, 2000

Quote: "If we start getting rid of players because they're arbitration-eligible, then we might as well hang a shingle that says, `Out of business.'" - Marlins manager John Boles on rumors that second baseman Luis Castillo will be dealt after he becomes eligible for arbitration.

It's a fact: The Rockies have a major-league-high 33 triples.

Who's hot: Sammy Sosa, the subject of trade rumors, went 3-for-4 for the Cubs yesterday, getting his 1,500th career hit in the fifth inning in Chicago's loss to Atlanta.

Who's not: The Giants' Russ Ortiz, an 18-game winner last season, is 3-7 with a 6.89 ERA and is reportedly in danger of losing his spot in the rotation.

On deck: The Reds' Pete Harnisch will make a rehabilitation start Sunday for Triple-A Louisville. If all goes well with his shoulder, he'll be activated and start a week from Friday in Arizona.

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