AL hot corner

July 05, 2000

Quote: "That's the furthest thing from my mind right now." - Angels' Darin Erstad, on the All-Star voting, where he finished seventh among AL outfielders despite leading the majors in hits

It's a fact: The Indians have used 55 batting orders this season. Only Manny Ramirez, on the 15-day DL, has hit in the same spot all the time, batting cleanup in 47 games.

Who's hot: The Tigers have hit 38 homers in their past 18 games.

Who's not: The Red Sox's Mike Stanley is hitting .183 (22-for-115) in his past 37 games.

On deck: If Jose Cruz Jr. hits two homers by Sunday, the Blue Jays will become the first team with four players with 20 or more HRs at the All-Star break.

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