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NL notables

* San Diego took three out of four from the Giants at SBC Park by pounding 52 hits -- 12 yesterday, a season-high 17 Wednesday, and 15 Tuesday.

* Florida has won 18 of the last 20 games -- six in a row this year -- against the Phillies, who blew a slim wild-card lead over the Marlins down the stretch last season.

* The Marlins' 11-4 start is the best in franchise history through 15 games. Their 1997 championship team opened 10-5.

* The Braves threw out their first runner of the season in the first inning, when Johnny Estrada nailed D'Angelo Jimenez trying to steal second. Runners had been 11 for 11 in steal attempts.

* The Arizona-Milwaukee game lasted 5 hours 22 minutes, the longest game in the majors this season.

* Arizona's Chad Tracy had four hits in his first start.

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