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NL notables

* With three more steals, the Cardinals have an NL-best 37.

* After going a season-long eight games without a homer, Albert Pujols of St. Louis has two in as many days.

* Chicago's Moises Alou has hit home runs in three straight games twice already this season, the first time April 14-16.

* Astro Jeff Bagwell's homer was his 44th in Cincinnati, the most he has hit in a visiting park.

* Cincinnati's Adam Dunn struck out three times against Andy Pettitte, raising his NL-leading total to 49.

* Rod Beck was back in a San Diego uniform after missing two months because of personal reasons. He did not pitch.