"I'm a pitcher, not a hitter."

RHP Sergio Mitre, who beat the Blue Jays yesterday for his third career win, doubled home a run and scored, but grounded out with the bases loaded to end the Cubs' best threat


Braves: C Eddie Perez returned to the 15-day DL with right shoulder tendinitis after being active for only one day.

Mets: C Mike Piazza left last night's game against the Astros in the first inning with a bruised left wrist; X-rays were negative and Piazza is day-to-day.

Nationals: OF Jeffrey Hammonds, who is eligible to come off the DL, began a rehabilitation assignment at Class AA Harrisburg, where he went 1 for 3 last night.

Diamondbacks: Placed OF Luis Terrero on the 15-day DL with a left groin strain and recalled OF Scott Hairston from Class AAA Tucson.

Mets: Agreed to contract terms with INF Jose Offerman, who will report to extended spring training before Class AAA Norfolk.



Consecutive games the Phillies' Bobby Abreu had reached base safely; the streak ended last night against the Rangers

26, 71

Pitches thrown by Nationals RHP Esteban Loaiza last night against the Athletics in the first inning, in which he allowed two runs, and then in the next six innings, in which he allowed no runs


1963: The Colt 45s beat the Giants, 3-0, in the major leagues' first Sunday night game. The exception was made because of Houston's oppressive daytime heat.

-- Compiled by Jim Hage