Baseball

April 26, 2001

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Who's hot

The Mariners have won all seven of their series this season and nine straight dating to last year.

Who's not

The Royals are 2-9 on the road and have scored three or fewer runs in seven of the 11 games.

Line of the day

Pedro Martinez, Red Sox pitcher

IP H R BB SO

7 6 2 2 10

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Who's hot

The Mets lead the league in relief pitch ing with a 2.21 ERA entering last night.

Who's not

Rockies reliever John Wasdin has struggled at Coors Field, allowing nine earned runs.

Line of the day

Rafael Furcal, Braves shortstop

AB R H RBI HR

4 3 3 1 0

AMERICAN LEAGUE

He said it

"There's a lot of pressure to play here. I've never struggled to this extent before." Derek Lowe, Red Sox closer, on his problems in the role. Left-handers are batting .533 against him.

On deck

Former Orioles Jamie Moyer (3-0) of the Mariners and Mike Mussina (1-2) of the Yankees square off.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

On deck

Tony Armas Jr. of the Expos (0-4) will look for his first win against the Cardinals.

He said it

"It's purely a chance to give him a little piece of mind."

Tony La Russa, Cardinals manager, on sending starter Rick Ankiel to the bullpen for a few days after his last poor outing.

Orioles

He said it

"My mind doesn't mind the cold, but my body doesn't like it, I guess."

Jose Mercedes, who is 0-3 with an 8.34 ERA this month; he won 11 games after last season's All-Star break and 14 for the year.

The number

.682

Greg Myers' team-lead ing slugging percentage.

Schedule

Thurs. 26 @Det 1:05 54, 50

Fri. 27 @Min 8:05

Sat. 28 @Min 7:05 54, 50

Sun. 29 @Min 2:05 54, 50

Mon. 30 Tam 7:05 CSN

Tues. 1 Tam 7:05 CSN

Wed. 2 Tam 7:05 CSN

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