Baseball

May 18, 2001

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Who's hot

The Rangers set a team record when they got nine consecutive hits in a 10-run second inning.

Who's not

Chicago's Paul Konerko is hitting .122 (7-for-50) in May, the lowest among all AL hitters.

Line of the day

Bret Boone, Mariners second baseman

AB ..... R ..... H .... RBI ..... HR

4 ...... 1 ..... 3 ....... 3 ...... 1

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Who's hot

The Astros have the top road record in the league at 14-7.

Who's not

The Cubs have lost seven consecutive games.

Line of the day

Luis Gonzalez, Diamondbacks left fielder

AB ..... R ..... H .... RBI ..... HR

4 ...... 3 ..... 2 ....... 4 ...... 2

AMERICAN LEAGUE

"We demonstrated today that when I'm in the lineup, we're stronger."

Ivan Rodriguez, Rangers catcher, on his return to the lineup after coming off the disabled list.

On deck

Pedro Martinez looks to go to 6-0 as Boston faces Kansas City.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

On deck

Al Leiter, still shooting for his first win of the season, meets Dodgers' Kevin Brown.

He said it

"Not that my opinion means anything, but for me, Gracie was as close to Mr. Cub as anybody since Ernie Banks."

Bob Brenly, Diamondbacks manager, on Mark Grace's return to Wrigley Field today.

ORIOLES

He said it

"There's nobody out there who feels like they're the top dog. We're all just happy to pitch, whatever role it might be." Ryan Kohlmeier, on the Orioles' bullpen

The number

0

Series that the O's have swept this season.

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