Mets LHP Tom Glavine got into the taxi, called his wife on his cell phone as the cab pulled away from LaGuardia Airport and then he heard the driver shout.

He slammed face first into the partition between the front and back seats as the taxi collided with an SUV, and the next thing he knew, he had one tooth in his hand and blood was streaming from his mouth.

"I was pretty sure I wasn't going to pitch on Wednesday, but at least I knew, I felt good enough that nothing else was out of whack, and it wasn't going to be a career- or a life-threatening thing," he said.

Two days after the accident, Glavine talked about the crash yesterday. He estimated he wouldn't return to the mound until Aug. 21 at San Francisco.

Glavine said his right shoulder, collarbone and rib cage were a little sore along with both knees. His cut lips were swollen, and some of the 40 to 45 stitches he took were visible on his chin.

* STRIKE VOTE: Japanese professional players reportedly voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike as part of their efforts to prevent the merger of several Pacific League teams.

About 98 percent of the 750 members of the Japan Professional Baseball Players Association voted to authorize the players' executive committee to declare a strike, although no date was set, the Nikkan Sports newspaper reported.

* APPEAL DROPPED: Yankees RHP Tanyon Sturtze dropped his appeal of a three-game suspension and began serving the penalty last night.

-- From News Services