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.378 --  Batting average for Ryan Klesko against left-handers (15-for-42), which helps explain why he ranks second in the NL in hitting. Klesko was a career .208 hitter against southpaws when he was traded from Atlanta to San Diego in 2000. Greg Vaughn
Greg Vaughn ended a 9 1/2-month homerless drought with four homers over the weekend. 

5 -- More RBIs and Carlos Delgado is the Blue Jays' franchise leader. Delgado is currently tied with Joe Carter (736), four behind George Bell.

6 -- Consecutive series lost by the Oakland A's. That hasn't happened since 1997 when the A's finished 25 games off the pace at 65-97.
8 -- Work stoppages in baseball since 1972: five strikes and three lockouts. Strike six might destroy the game beyond repair.

10 -- Former big-league catchers now managing in the majors. Five-time All-Star Tony Pena, now at the helm of the Kansas City Royals, joins Bruce Bochy, Bob Boone, Bob Brenly, Buck Martinez, Jerry Narron, Luis Pujols, Mike Scioscia, Jeff Torborg and Joe Torre.

11 -- Career homers for Homer Bush, good enough for third place on the all-time home run list among players named Homer. Bush was released by the Blue Jays on May 10 and signed by the Marlins on May 19.
14 -- Games (out of 21) at Pittsburgh's PNC Park in which it has rained. The Pirates have endured nine rain delays lasting 11 hours and 49 minutes.
23 -- Grand slams in major league history that have come in the home team's final at-bat and carried it to a one-run victory. Jason Giambi hit one in the 14th inning Friday night to give the Yankees a dramatic 13-12 win over the Twins.
27 -- Consecutive stolen bases for Kansas City's Carlos Beltran before he was caught by Cleveland's Eddie Perez. Beltran has been successful in 60 of his past 62 attempts and in 87 of 97 career attempts.
31 -- Extra-base hits for Alfonso Soriano, most in the majors. The Yankees second baseman also leads the American League in doubles (19), total bases (118) and multihit games (21).
34 -- Home runs that have been hit into the second deck at San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium. Vladimir Guerrero became the 27th player to reach the loge level with a 431-foot blast off Brian Tollberg olast Tuesday night.
62 -- Innings pitched without yielding a home run for Tigers ace Jeff Weaver. Derek Lowe (58 1/3 IP) is the only other qualifier who has yet to serve one up.
69 -- Games since the Atlanta Braves got a complete game out of a starting pitcher, a club record. The Astros, Devil Rays, Pirates, Reds and Rockies are also looking for their first CG of the season
85 -- Percent of major leaguers use steroids, according to the recently-retired Jose Canseco, who is writing a tell-all book after a colorful 17-year career.
222 -- At-bats without a home run for Tampa Bay's Greg Vaughn before he broke out with two two-homer games over the weekend. The drought was the longest for a player with at least 300 career homers.
23,600 -- Highest bid, in dollars, on eBay for three bone chips surgically removed from Jeff Nelson's elbow last week. The auction was abruptly removed from the Web site, which cited its policy of not auctioning body parts.