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The three of me
Eric Gagne's streak of 74 consecutive saves is equal to the best streaks of Mariano Rivera (27), Billy Wagner (26), and Troy Percival (21) -- combined.

Mad about you
With his ejection Wednesday night, Atlanta manager Bobby Cox now has been tossed from games 111 times, 20 behind the major league record held by John McGraw of the Giants. Leo Durocher is second with 121. Said Cox: "Leo would get [angry] if I passed him."

Elephant talk
Cubs manager Dusty Baker, on how he's coping with the team's rash of injuries: "My dad told me a long time ago, when you're having big problems, you have to eat the elephant one bite at a time. You can't put it all in your mouth at the same time. So you take it one bite at a time. Look around. Those guys don't look down, do they? They have smiles on their faces and life's still good. We'll be fine."

Crazy
Northeastern's Carlos Pena, on his 6-for-6 day for the Tigers: "I was thinking: `Are you serious?' "

So much like my dad
Daryle Ward of the Pirates last week became part of the first father-son combination in major league history to hit for the cycle. His father, Gary Ward, did it Sept. 18, 1980, while playing for the Minnesota Twins.

Compiled by Gordon Edes

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