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Montreal struggling

April 20, 2004

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— Montreal's 2-11 start and eight-game losing streak doesn't get Frank Robinson down. He took over as Baltimore's manager the year the Orioles opened 0-21.

"It's like winning the World Series compared to that start," Robinson said Monday before his team's 4-1 loss to the New York Mets in the opener of a four-game series.

Montreal, the ownerless team with everything against it, lost its best hitter (Vladimir Guerrero) and pitcher (Javier Vazquez) during the offseason. Its top two additions, Carl Everett and Nick Johnson, are on the disabled list.

The Expos are last in the major leagues in runs (20), batting average (.200), on-base percentage (.256) and slugging average (.285).

Montreal became the first major-league team since the expansion Arizona Diamondbacks of 1998 not to top four runs in any of its first 13 games, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

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