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Mets' Alfonzo on 15-day DL

If misfortune comes in doses of three, the Mets have reached this season's quota.

Third baseman Edgardo Alfonzo was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday because of a strained rotator cuff in his right shoulder. He is expected to be out 3-6 weeks.

Alfonzo felt pain in the shoulder after making a throw to first in the sixth inning of Sunday's 5-2 victory over the Rockies and took himself out of the game.

"I've made that throw thousands of times," Alfonzo said. "I guess this was just going to happen."

Alfonzo is the third Mets starter to be lost to injury. All-Star C Todd Hundley hasn't played after undergoing off-season surgery on his right elbow, and OF Bernard Gilkey is on the DL with a stress fracture in his right elbow.

BRAVES: Andres Galarraga has an 11-game hitting streak.

CUBS: Their on-base percentage is .339, seventh-best in the league and 18 points higher than last season, when they finished next-to-last.

DIAMONDBACKS: Larry Naman, a homeless man who acted as his own lawyer, was convicted of shooting and injuring a county supervisor because she supported a tax that helped pay for Bank One Ballpark. He faces seven to 21 years in prison.

EXPOS: Rondell White's hitting streak was stopped at 14 games. It was the second 14-game streak of his career.

PADRES: 3B Ken Caminiti, who strained his left quadriceps, will be placed on the 15-day DL, probably today, the team said.

PHILLIES: After making just five errors and allowing only one unearned run in their first 25 games, the Phillies made seven errors and allowed nine unearned runs in their just-completed three-game series against Houston.

REDS: Pete Rose will celebrate the 20th anniversary of his 3,000th hit today selling memorabilia on QVC. Items include an autographed bat he used during his 44-game hitting streak in 1978, an autographed 1976 Reds jersey, and a framed item containing the signatures of the 21 players who have reached 3,000 hits.

ROCKIES: Vinny Castilla leads the majors with 14 HRs, but only four have come at Coors Field.

HONORS: Braves LHP Tom Glavine was named pitcher of the month for going 4-0 with a 1.06 ERA in April. The Cardinals' Mark McGwire was named player of the month for hitting 10 HRs with 32 RBI.

_ TIMES WIRES

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