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Stephen Cannella
May 15, 2000
The Cardinals have bashed their way to the top of the National League Central, but have they been tested? At week's end St. Louis had played 18 of 31 games at home and only two series against teams, the Astros and the Reds, who had winning records last year....
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May 15, 2000

The Hot Corner

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The Cardinals have bashed their way to the top of the National League Central, but have they been tested? At week's end St. Louis had played 18 of 31 games at home and only two series against teams, the Astros and the Reds, who had winning records last year....

The Indians have come up with a plan for deciding which of their two closers gets the call. If the top or the bottom of the opponent's order is due up, righthander Steve Karsay goes to work. If the middle of the lineup is due, in comes righty Paul Shuey, who has a more powerful arm than does Karsay....

Through Sunday, Oakland reliever Jeff Tarn hadn't allowed a home run in his first 20? innings, the most innings by an American League pitcher who had not given up a dinger this season....

It's been an awful year for lefthanded reliever Graeme Lloyd, who signed a three-year, $9 million deal with the Expos in December. On April 3 his wife, Cindy, died of complications from Crohn's disease, at age 26, and last week Lloyd had shoulder surgery that will sideline him for three to four months....

Tony Gwynn, 40, who has had his oft-injured left knee drained at least five times since the beginning of spring training and has been on the disabled list since April 29, insists he's not ready to retire. If he does return next year, his knee may cost him $4 million: Unless he makes at least 502 plate appearances this season—which is unlikely—the Padres can buy him out for $2 million instead of paying him $6 million in salary in 2001.

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