Baseball Notable

"Let It Snow" played over the public address system when flurries started in the second inning in Cincinnati yesterday.

It was 30 degrees at the first pitch - colder than the kickoff for any Bengals home game last season - with gusting winds that reached 25 m.p.h.

The Reds iced the Pirates, 7-5.

Alex Rodriguez has 14 grand slams after yesterday's walk-off slam in a 10-7 Yankees win over Baltimore. Three of the slams ended games, tying the major-league mark shared by Boston's Vern Stephens (1946, 1949, 1950) and former Phillie Cy Williams (1924 and twice in 1926).

The Yankees' Hideki Matsui strained his left hamstring running out a grounder in the 39-degree weather and could be sidelined until next weekend.

The New York Mets tied a major-league record by winning their first four games of the season and allowing no more than one run in each game. Only the 1991 White Sox and 1915 Phillies also did that.

The Dodgers' Jeff Kent raised his career RBI total to 1,385, moving him past Dwight Evans (1,384) for 65th on the all-time list.

Former Phillies catcher Mike Lieberthal made his first start as a Dodger yesterday and went 1 for 4.

Pittsburgh activated NL batting champion Freddy Sanchez off the 15-day DL.

- Associated Press