July 17, 2004

Who's hot

Brooks Kieschnick of the Brewers is 9-for-27 as a pinch hitter this season.

Who's not

Mike Piazza of the Mets is in a 1-for-25 slump and has not homered since June 22, a span of 71 at-bats.

Line of the day

Victor Martinez, Indians C


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He said it

"[Coach Steve Liddle] just took a bag of our bats and put them in the window. He knew nothing would hit it." Ron Gardenhire, Twins manager, on riding out a tornado warning in Kansas City

On deck

Jason Schmidt of the Giants tries to win his 12th consecutive decision today, facing the Rockies.

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