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McGwire goes to bat for Duchess of York

St. Louis slugger Mark McGwire presented Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, with an autographed bat Saturday at Wrigley Field.

Ferguson was in town to attend a fund-raising dinner for Lou Gehrig's disease. She watched a few innings of the Cardinals-Cubs game from behind the St. Louis dugout.

"I'm a supporter of the Cardinals," Ferguson said. "I came here to learn more about baseball and Lou Gehrig. And to see Mark McGwire, a fellow redhead."

During batting practice, McGwire hit 13 balls out.

BREWERS: Before Saturday, the last time one of their pitchers surrendered three homers in the same inning was May 26, 1996, when Mike Potts was tagged in the eighth inning by the White Sox. Jeff Juden's double was the first by a Brewers pitcher since Bill Parsons, Sept. 2, 1972.

CUBS: X-rays taken of OF Lance Johnson's right hand showed no break, but manager Jim Riggleman said he will need at least 10 days to heal. Johnson, on the DL, is bothered by inflammation in the hand. Sammy Sosa has a career-high 10-game hitting streak.

MARLINS: LHP Gabe Gonzalez was sent outright to Triple-A Charlotte. Cliff Floyd is hitting .550 (11-for-20) leading off the first inning.

METS: The six-game losing streak is the team's longest since an eight-game skid in August 1996. The hitters in the 4-9 spots all are batting below .240.

PADRES: 3B Ken Caminiti, the 1996 MVP, returned to San Diego to have his strained right quadriceps examined. Caminiti, in an 0-for-15 slide, aggravated his leg Thursday against the Marlins.

REDS: CF Jon Nunnally made an over-the-shoulder diving grab to rob Cincinnati's Jeff Cirillo of a two-run extra-base hit in the sixth. It drew comparisons to Jim Edmonds' great grab for Anaheim in 1997.

ROCKIES: Vinny Castilla hit a home run on the first pitch for the fifth time this season. Mike Lansing is 11-for-24 with runners in scoring position.

ASTROS: 1B Jeff Bagwell has gone 61 at-bats without a home run. DODGERS: Eric Karros batted cleanup for the first time since returning to the lineup April 25 after arthroscopic knee surgery,

EXPOS: F.P. Santangelo homered for the third straight game.

PHILLIES: RHP Curt Schilling struck out 10 or more for the 34th time. His teammates have scored only 18 runs in his seven starts.

_ TIMES WIRES

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