Roger Clemens was expected to miss his start Saturday because of a sore left hamstring when wild-card leader Houston plays the Cubs.

Clemens, who tweaked the hamstring in his Sept. 3 start, is day-to-day. Astros Manager Phil Garner said he doesn't expect Clemens to miss any other starts.

"He needs to take the start [off]," Garner said after the Astros' 5-4 loss to the Cubs yesterday. "It is what it is."

* P. MARTINEZ'S STATUS: A "banged up" Pedro Martinez probably will be shut down for the rest of the season, Mets Manager Willie Randolph said.

Martinez is next set to start Tuesday, and Randolph said: "If we're mathematically eliminated by then, then he definitely won't pitch."

"We have to look at the big picture, and we have to be wise in how we handle not only him, but any player," GM Omar Minaya said.

Martinez has dealt with a variety of injuries this season, the most bothersome right now being a toe problem.

* ROLLINS KEEPS GOING: Jimmy Rollins's first-inning single extended his hitting streak to 28 games, the longest by a Phillies player since 1899.

* SUSPENSION: Diamondbacks bench coach Jay Bell was suspended one game and fined by Bob Watson, vice president of on-field operations for Major League Baseball. Bell was penalized for his actions during Arizona's game Sept. 9 against Colorado when he was ejected in the ninth inning with reliever Brandon Medders and Manager Bob Melvin after Medders hit Luis Gonzalez in the back with a pitch.

* REMEMBERING RED: The Nationals will recognize the family of the late sportswriter, Red Smith, on what would have been his 100th birthday during tomorrow's game against the Mets at RFK Stadium.

-- From News Services

Astros' Roger Clemens is day-to-day because of a sore left hamstring.