NL Notebook

Wednesday, August 9th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6


St. Louis LF Ray Lankford struck out for the 100th time in 271 at-bats this season.

Florida CF Preston Wilson struck out twice, raising his major league-leading total to 143.

Reds OF Brooks Kieschnick cleared waivers and accepted an assignment to Triple-A Louisville.

St. Louis RF J.D. Drew hit the first homer of Florida pitchers in six games. The five-game stretch without allowing a homer was a season best.

The Cardinals are 11-18 since Mark McGwire last played on July 6.

San Francisco 2B Jeff Kent joins six other Giants players with four consecutive 100-RBI seasons: George Kelly, "Irish" Meusel, Bill Terry, Mel Ott, Willie Mays and Barry Bonds.

Injury report

Tampa Bay activated RHP Dave Eiland from the 15-day disabled list and optioned LHP Mike Duvall to Triple-A Durham.

Pirates RHP Jason Schmidt will have season-ending rotator cuff surgery early next week.

Final test results found no trace of cancer in Atlanta 1B Andres Galarraga's left thumb, which has a hairline fracture and a cyst. He could be back in the lineup Friday.

Atlanta pitching coach Leo Mazzone was released from a hospital, where tests found nothing wrong. He fainted during Tuesday's game.

Atlanta RF Brian Jordan was out of the lineup, a day after pulling groin muscles.

Cincinnati 3B Aaron Boone was in the clubhouse on crutches, a day after he had reconstructive surgery on his left knee for a torn anterior cruciate ligament. He started therapy Wednesday.

St. Louis 3B Fernando Tatis, bothered by knee and groin problems, was removed for a pinch-hitter in the eighth.

The Mets activated OF Darryl Hamilton from the 60-day disabled list after Tuesday's game and designated Matt Franco for assignment.

Houston 2B Craig Biggio will have surgery on his left knee Thursday. Biggio tore the ACL and MCL ligaments in the knee last Friday against the Expos.