NL hot corner

September 28, 2000

Quote: "Today is definitely sobering. ... The bottom line is we won't get to roll the dice in October, and that meant a lot to us." - Arizona manager Buck Showalter, whose job is said to be in jeopardy after the Diamondbacks were eliminated from contention Tuesday.

It's a fact: The 122 RBIs by Pittsburgh's Brian Giles are the most for the Pirates since Willie Stargell's 125 in 1971, when the Pirates beat the Orioles in the World Series, 4-3.

Who's hot: Florida's Ryan Dempster is the second Canadian after Ferguson Jenkins to strike out more than 200 batters in a season.

Who's not: Former Supremes singer Mary Wilson botched the national anthem's words before the Mets-Braves game in New York on Tuesday night.

On deck: San Francisco at Los Angeles tonight, with the Giants two off a franchise-record 221 homers set in 1947 in New York and the Dodgers' 208 even with a franchise record set in Brooklyn in 1953.

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