Baseball

April 29, 2001

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Who's hot

Mariners closer Kazu hiro Sasaki set a ma jor-league record with his 13th save in the month of April.

Who's not

The Athletics fell a season-high eight games below .500 and are off to the second-worst start in Oakland history.

Line of the day

Chuck Knoblauch, Yankees left fielder

AB R H RBI HR

5 2 4 3 1

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Who's hot

The Reds have won nine straight road games.

Who's not

Cardinals reliever Mike James suffered his second consecutive extra-inning loss against New York.

Line of the day

Geoff Jenkins, Brewers left fielder

AB R H RBI HR

4 3 3 6 3

AMERICAN LEAGUE

He said it

"I knew we weren't on top, so what else matters?" Hal McRae, Devil Rays manager, on his team entering yesterday's game with the worst record in the majors.

On deck

Bartolo Colon, ace of the Indians' staff, looks for his third win, against the Rangers.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

He said it

"It feels a little better than losing. I'd like to feel like this more often." Bobby Valentine, Mets manager, after getting thrown out of the game, New York's first win in five games.

On deck

Dodgers' Chan Ho Park will try to slow down the NL East-leading Phillies.

ORIOLES

The number

.331

O's major-league-low slugging average through 23 games. League average is .424

He said it

"I'm probably more pleased than displeased. A couple guys have pitched very well and a couple haven't pitched well." Mike Hargrove, on a 4-10 starting rotation that has seen its ERA rise from 3.73 to 5.16 since April 14.

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