Baseball

July 31, 2004

On deck

Kris Benson makes his first start for the Mets tonight, facing the Braves for the third straight time.

He said it

"Anybody ever have an older house before? ... Sooner or later you've got to do something to it." Dusty Baker, Cubs manager, on nets installed in 90-year-old Wrigley Field to protect fans from debris

Who's hot

Mike Hampton of the Braves has won five straight since falling to 2-8 on June 29.

Who's not

The Mets lost for the 12th time in their past 17 games.

Line of the day

Livan Hernandez, Expos P

IP H R BB SO

9 3 0 1 4

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