Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins stretched his hitting streak to 36 games yesterday against the Nationals, and can pursue Joe DiMaggio's major league record of 56 next year.

Sort of.

For the purpose of baseball records, Rollins's hitting streak will extend into 2006, and he can add to it. The major league marks for longest hitting streak in one season and longest hitting streak spanning two seasons are separate records, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

DiMaggio holds both marks with his 56-game streak in 1941, but there is a difference in the NL records: Pete Rose (1978) and Willie Keeler (1897) share the NL mark at 44 games. However, Keeler got a hit in his final game of 1896, so his run of 45 games overall is the first record Rollins can chase, Elias said.

His fourth-inning single just went by diving 2B Jamey Carroll's glove. The hitting streak is the ninth-longest over one season in big league history, and the longest in the majors since 1987, when Paul Molitor hit safely in 39 consecutive games.

* MCKEON CALLS IT QUITS: Before yesterday's win over the Braves, Jack McKeon told the Marlins that he was managing them for the last time. Veteran 1B Jeff Conine said an emotional McKeon made his announcement in the clubhouse, and the players responded with applause and hugs.

"I was happy to win this one, go out on a winning style," McKeon, 74, said after Florida tied it in the ninth inning and won in the 10th. McKeon led the Marlins to the 2003 World Series title.

* DUNCAN A PROUD PAPA: The final day of the regular season was doubly pleasing to Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan. His team won the NL ERA title and his son, Chris, hit the game-winning home run.

"I'm proud of them both," Duncan said after the Cardinals posted their 100th victory by rallying past Cincinnati 7-5 in the last regular-season game at Busch Stadium.

Chris Duncan's first career home run came in the sixth inning and gave St. Louis a 6-5 lead. "He had a big grin on his face when I came in," Chris Duncan said of his father. "It was pretty neat. It was a rush."

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