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* Kansas City's George Brett had to hit .405 after the All-Star break to get to .300. He was at .299 through Thursday.
* Left-hander John Tudor has won five consecutive decisions, improving his record to 10-3, but is still mulling retirement. "I'm just going from start to start, trying to get people out and keep the team in the game," the former Dodger said.
* New York Met Manager Bud Harrelson didn't hide his displeasure over his club's sloppy performance in a 7-4 loss to the Montreal Expos Tuesday, calling it "another poo-poo performance." Outfielder Darryl Strawberry, a catalyst in the club's climb to the top of the National League East, had a string of poo-poo performances until Thursday, when he ended a 0-for-18 slump with a single and a home run.