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.079 -- Points Luis Castillo raised his batting average during his 35-game hitting streak. Castillo hit .403 (62-for-154) with 17 multihit games.

Lights out: Dodgers closer Eric Gagne has converted 27 of 28 save opportunities. AP

4 -- Major leaguers since 1950 who have died in season while still active: Darryl Kile, Thurman Munson (Aug. 2, 1979), Lyman Bostock (Sept. 23, 1978) and Harry Agganis (June 27, 1955).

5 -- Different pitching coaches have been hired to right the Kansas City Royals in the past five years: Bruce Kison (1994-98), Mark Wiley (1999), Brent Strom (2000-01), Al Nipper (2001-02) and now John Cumberland (2002).

8 -- Active players who have 1,000 walks, 1,000 RBIs and 400 doubles. John Olerud joined the club Saturday night with a two-run homer. Barry Bonds, Rafael Palmeiro, Fred McGriff, Jeff Bagwell, Mark Grace, Rickey Henderson, Edgar Martinez are the others.

11 -- Closers who are on pace for 40 saves. Eric Gagne is on pace for 59 saves, which would break Bobby Thigpen's single-season record (57 in 1990).

12 -- Wins without a loss this month by Oakland's top three starers. Tim Hudson, Mark Mulder and Barry Zito have combined for a 2.10 ERA in June.
17 -- Holds for Twins reliever J.C. Romero, tops in the majors. In case you didn't know, a hold is credited any time a reliever enters a game in a save situation, records at least one out and leaves without relinquishing the lead.
19 -- Games yet to be played between the White Sox and Twins.
26 -- Hitless at-bats for the Reds with runners in scoring position against the Mariners last week. Cincinnati has gone 4-for-53 (.075) with runners in scoring position during its seven-game losing streak.
70 -- Runs scored in a three-game series between the Rockies and Yankees, a Coors Field record. The teams combined for 85 hits and 15 home runs.
77 -- Plate appearances between strikeouts for Angels shortstop David Eckstein, who hadn't whiffed in June until Saturday night.

109 -- Minutes it took the Cubs to beat the Cardinals 2-1 Friday at Wrigley Field. It was the shortest nine-inning game of the year by four minutes.

163 -- Career starts for Giants right-hander Jason Schmidt before recording his first career shutout. Schmidt blanked the Devil Rays on Wednesday.

27,197 -- Fans who attended the three-game rematch of the 1997 World Series at Pro Player Stadium between the Marlins and Indians. And that's with Luis Castillo's hitting streak reaching record proportions.