The Home Run Stretch

It's Mark 65 and Sammy 63 with a week left to play

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There's more than a home run record on the line this week as Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire head into 1998's home stretch. Sosa is mired in an 0-17 slump after hitting his 63rd last Wednesday, and his Cubs have fallen a game behind the Mets in the wild-card race. The good news for Sosa is that he faces his favorite pitching staff -- that of the hapless Milwaukee Brewers -- Tuesday and Wednesday. McGwire, still miffed about that homer that was stolen from him on Sunday, has a two-dinger lead as his Cardinals host Houston for a pair. Edge: Sosa. He's gotta start hitting again sometime.

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