Baseball

July 31, 2002

Who's hot

The Astros have given up three runs over their past 27 innings.

Who's not

Kazuhisa Ishii of the Dodgers is 2-6 with a 4.96 ERA in his nine starts since he was 10-1 on June 8.

Line of the day

Geoff Blum, Astros 3B

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

6 .......... 3 ....... 4 ....... 5 ........ 1

On deck

Randy Johnson of the Diamondbacks goes for his 15th victory tonight, facing the Expos.

He said it

"I haven't stopped smiling. I just made up a lot of ground overnight - from last place to first place. I'm in an unbelievable situation right now."

Scott Rolen, new Cardinals third baseman, traded from the Phillies

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