Baseball

April 21, 2004

Who's hot

Alex Gonzalez of the Cubs is 7-for-13 the past three games after having only six hits in the first 2 1/2 weeks of the season.

Who's not

The Pirates were held to four or fewer runs for the eighth time in 13 games.

Line of the day

Matt Stairs, Royals LF

AB R H RBI HR

4 2 2 6 1

He said it

"That was the best ovation of my career. I'm just hoping to keep my perfect ERA intact."

Tim Laker, Indians backup catcher, after pitching a scoreless inning in a blowout for the second time

On deck

The Braves play 12 games in 13 days in four cities. They have only three home games from April 12 to May 3.

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