MOVES: The Giants called up 1B Mike Laga and put IF Mark Leonard on the 15-day DL. Leonard sprained his left knee Tuesday. He was disabled retroactive to Wednesday. Laga hit .292 with 21 homers and 69 RBI in 78 games for Class AAA Phoenix. . . . The Astros extended Manager Art Howe's contract through next season. He's completing his second year as manager and is the team's 10th since it entered the NL. He played for the Astros seven seasons.

FOURTH DECADE: Darrell Evans, 43, the Yankees hitting coach, hopes to be activated next month so he can play in his fourth decade.

"I'd love it to happen," he said, "but if it doesn't it won't break my heart."

STATISTICS: Will Clark's homer Saturday was his first in 124 at-bats since June 29. . . . The Expos are 9-2 against the Phillies and are 33-27 overall when Mike Fitzgerald is their starting catcher. . . . Expos OF Otis Nixon could become the first major-leaguer with three consecutive 30-0 seasons. That means 30 steals and no homers. Among those who have come close are Ozzie Smith, Frank Taveras, Larry Lintz, John McGraw, George Tebeau, Joe Tinker and Johnny Evers. . . . Rex Hudler is hitting .417 (15 for 36) in his last eight starts and is batting .400 since Joe Torre became manager of the Cardinals. . . . The Pirates are 12-16 at home against the NL East. They already have used nearly two whole pitching staffs -- 19 pitchers -- this season.

IMPROVED: The Cardinals' John Tudor, who left Friday's start after two innings because his left shoulder hurt, expects to take his next turn.