Ryan Howard will once again hit seventh in Ryne Sandberg's lineup on Friday night. Thursday's 5-2 loss signified the first time the longtime cleanup hitter hit seventh since Aug. 21, 2006, when he was less than three weeks into his MVP season.
Speeding up the game
Minor-league teams from New York and Connecticut will play an experimental game this weekend aimed at finding ways to speed the pace. Some fans have complained that baseball games take too long.
Race, gender hiring report
Major League Baseball maintained its grades for its racial and gender hiring practices, while its percentage of African American players remained only slightly above a study's low set in the 2007 season.