Baseball

April 04, 2003

Who's hot

Jim Thome, whose $85 million deal was the offseason's largest, hit

.636 (7-for-11) in his first series as a Phillie.

Who's not

Michael Tucker is 1-for-13 batting leadoff for the Royals, who nonetheless are 3-0 for the first time since 1979.

Line of the day

Reggie Sanders, Pirates RF

AB R H RBI HR

5 2 4 5 2

He said it

"If we keep winning two out of three, we'll be in the World Series, won't we?" Todd Pratt, catcher for Marlins, who were 2-1 going into home opener

On deck

David Cone, 40, who sat out 2002, will start tonight for the Mets vs. Montreal - the team he no-hit in 1999.

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