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NL notables

* Mets shortstop Kaz Matsui's fifth leadoff homer tied an NL rookie record set by San Francisco's Chili Davis in 1982. Nomar Garciaparra set the major league mark of seven in 1997.

* New 76ers coach Jim O'Brien, the former Celtics boss, threw out the first pitch at Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park.

* Philadelphia's Bobby Abreu extended his hitting streak to 12 games, but his streak of 11 games scoring a run was ended.

* Arizona ace Randy Johnson raised his major league-leading strikeout total to 86, bringing him within 43 of 4,000 for his career.

* Jose Lima pitched two scoreless innings for the Dodgers, lowering his ERA to 3.24 in 10 relief appearances. In three starts, he gave up 11 runs in 13 innings (7.62).

* Reds' outfielder Adam Dunn struck out twice, padding his total to 51, most in the National League.

* Scott Podsednik's stolen base in the first inning raised his NL-leading total to 21 and pushed his Milwaukee team record for consecutive steals to 22.

* Persistent rain hammered San Juan all week. It rained every day during the Expos' six-game homestand, and there were a total of six rain delays over the first five games.