Mets shortstop Rey Ordonez needed six stitches over his left eye after a fight with fellow infielder Luis Lopez early Thursday morning on the team bus. Ordonez is listed as day-to-day, general manager Steve Phillips said. Lopez was not injured.

"I feel confident that this is something that has been resolved on their basis and is behind us," Phillips said. "This is one of those things that can happen when players are together over 162 games."

LEYLAND LEANING: His voice breaking and tears forming in his eyes, Jim Leyland didn't sound like a man who plans to manage the Rockies in the next millennium. Responding to reports that he will resign at the end of the season, an emotional Leyland said there is a "great percentage" he will step down as Rockies manager with two years left on his contract.

"To do this job right, the fire has to burn 12, 14 hours a day," Leyland said before the Rockies left for a six-game road trip. "I'm a maniac during the game and that fire burns like it always has, but I think to do the job right, you've got to work at it 12 hours a day, and I'm not sure I'm doing very good at that right now. This is not final. It's a strong possibility."

HONORS: Expos RF Vladimir Guerrero was named player of the month for August after he hit safely in 31 straight games, the longest streak in baseball this season. Braves Greg Maddux was named pitcher of the month, posting a 6-0 record.

STARGELL'S STATUS: Baseball Hall of Famer Willie Stargell said yesterday he's been in a Pittsburgh hospital for the past three weeks for treatment of an unspecified illness. Stargell, 58, issued a statement through the Pirates saying he expects to be released in a few days.