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-rrrrrimrrH.M., r-r '.'m-. , i rs-r s 7 ;0 w r- . . ,,... r r r v ' v ''",v ' " ' ' 'f I2C THE PALM BEACH POST SUNDAY. MARCH 29. 1998 BIcllHO American League lineups A team-by-team look at the projected batting orders . and pitching rotations for the 1998 season: I r t A ""I f U m The winds of change continue to which, like the rest of this country, baltimore ORIOLES Manager Ray Miller Projected lineup CF Brady Anderson 2B Roberto Alomar RF Eric Davis IB Rafael Palmeiro LF B.J. Surhoff 3B Cal Ripken DH BalnesCarter C Chris Holies SS Mike Bordlck Starting pitchers RH Mike Mussina LH Jimmy Key RH Scott Erickson RH Scott Kamieniecki RH Doug Drabek Top relievers RH Armando Benitez LH Arthur Rhodes anaheim ANGELS Manager: Terry Collins Projected lineup IB Darin Erstad V2B Norberto Martin ' LF Garret Anderson r RF Tim Salmon CF Jim Edmonds ' DH Cecil Fielder -'3B Dave Holllns " C MattWalbeck f SS Gary DiSarcina Starting pitchers ' LH Chuck Finley RH Ken Hill LH Allen Watson ; RH Jason Dickson RH Jack McDowell Top relievers - RH Troy Percival : RH Mike James this weather phenomenon. Our me deep into the warm Pacific waters happen in the major leagues infl American League predictions East Division New York Yankees Baltimore Orioles Boston Red Sox Toronto Blue Jays Tampa Bay Devil Rays Central Division Cleveland Indians Detroit Tigers Chicago White Sox Kansas City Royals Minnesota Twins West Division Seattle Mariners Anaheim Angels Texas Rangers Oakland Athletics -Wild-card playoff team , Ik. 1 t j Oakland San Frawqsco 'K M- UtiSvr "N ROCKIES . H 4PPS , Colorado0 ... ' -; X 3ftk Anaheim 21 , : ""-A DMMD ir fV;i San Diego f ,.- -p 1 Wfv c Ar,zona - ? L jA I ., t!"jm : 4 , . V QFASJBAll Go to www.fastball.com for major league coverage, including batter-by-batter updates for all games. boston REP SOX Manager. Jimy Williams Projected lineup SS....NomarGarciaparra 3B John Valentin IB Mo Vaughn DH Reggie Jefferson : C Jim Leyritz LF TroyO'Leary ..RF Darren Bragg "2B Mike Gallego - CF Darren Lewis Starting pitchers 1 RH Pedro Martinez RH Tim Wakefield AH Derek Lowe 1 rh Brian Rose RH Bret Saberhagen Top relievers RH Dennis Eckersley RH Tom Gordon Cleveland INDIANS Man agar. Mike Hargrove Projected lineup CF Kenny Lofton SS Omar Vizquel DH David Justice RF Manny Ramirez IB Jim Thome 3B Travis Fryman : c Sandy Alomar LF GilesBerroa 2B Shawon Dunston Starting pitchers RH Charles Nagy RH Jaret Wright RH Dwight Gooden RH Steve Karsay RH ChadOgea Top relievers RH Jose Mesa RH Eric Plunk kansas city ROYALS Manager Tony Muser Projected lineup 2B Jose Offerman CF Johnny Damon : LF Jeff Conine IB Jeff King DH Hal Morris 3B Dean Palmer RF SuttonYoung C Mike Sweeney SS Felix Martinez Starting pitchers RH Tim Belcher RH Pat Rapp LH Glendon Rusch RH Hipollto Pichardo LH Chris Haney Top relievers - rh Jeff Montgomery LH Chris Hammond Chicago WHITE SOX Manager Jerry Manuel Projected lineup 2B Ray Durham CF Mike Cameron IB Frank Thomas LF Albert Belle 3B Robin Ventura RF Magglio Ordonez DH Sierra Cordero C Charlie O'Brien SS GilCaruso Starting pitchers RH Jaime Navarro RH Jason Bere RH James Baldwin LH Scott Eyre LH Mike Slrotka Top relievers RH Matt Karchner LH Tony Castillo detroit TIGERS Manager. Buddy Bell Projected lineup CF Brian Hunter 2B Damion Easley RF Bobby Higglnson IB Tony Clark LF Luis Gonzalez 3B Joe Randa C Raul Casanova DH Bip Roberts SS RipkenCruz Starting pitchers LH Justin Thompson RH Brian Moehler RH Frank Castillo RH Scott Sanders RH Tim Worrell Top relievers RH Todd Jones RH Doug Brocail minnesota TWINS Manager Tom Kelly The lineup CF Otis Nixon RF Matt Lawton DH Paul Molitor LF Marty Cordova 3B Ron Coomer C Terry Steinbach 2B Todd Walker IB Orlando Merced SS Pat Meares Starting pitchers RH Brad Radke RH Bob Tewksbury RH LaTroy Hawkins LH Eric Milton RH Mike Morgan Top relievers RH Rick Aguilera LH Greg Swindell M. m American League Forecast NEW YORK High-pressure system Owner George Stelnbrenner has put together enough talent to win the AL pennant. The trade of four prospects for 2B Chuck Knoblauch solidified the lineup, and the pitching If David Cone Is OK Is pretty good for the AL. But If the Yankees start slow or falter, the Boss will put on the pressure. OAKLAND Cyclones It's only In the horizon, but something Is coming to Oakland. The A's haven't had a winning season since 1992, but talent Is on the way. This season won't snap the skid, but fans can see future stars In Ben Grieve (RF) and A.J. Hinch (C). SEATTLE Misty This seems to be the last year for P Randy Johnson with the Mariners. Instead of dealing him to avoid losing him as a free agent and gaining nothing In return, Seattle seems intent to keep him for a playoff push. With Johnson, the Mariners are an AL West favorite and a team no one wants to face In the TAMPA BAY Tropical depression Bay-area fans will be excited to finally have a team. Then the reality of bad baseball will set In. The lineup Is either past Its prime (Fred McGriff, Wade Boggs, Paul Sorrento) or unproven (Qulnton McCracken, Rich Butler, Mike Kelly, Miguel Cairo). And the rotation has an ace who has never won 15 games In a season (Wilson Alvarez). TEXAS Poor visibility It's hard to see the Rangers winning the AL West. The heart of the order is fine, but the bottom half Is shaky, especially with Injury prone Will Clark. The pitching rotation is balanced but lacks a stopper Darren Oliver Is the only starter with winning seasons In '96 and '97. TORONTO Flooding -.. . Some young talent is washing tnto Toronto, especially with an outfield of Shannon Stewart, Shawn Green and Jose Cruz Jr. The Jays are waist-deep in Cy Young Awards (Roger Clemens, Pat Hentgen), but after that, the pitching is questionable. CLEVELAND Wind storms Give GM John Hart credit; however much success the Tribe has, he Isn't afraid to conjure the winds of change. After last year's pennant, he got a new center fielder, third baseman and second baseman. One thing that hasn't changed: Cleveland is the AL Central favorite. DETROIT Updrafts The Tigers Improved by 26 games from 1996 to '97 from 53-109 to 79-83. Another such improvement is unlikely. But GM Randy Smith has made a good start acquiring Brian Hunter, Bobby Hig-ginson, Tony Clark and Justin Thompson. KANSAS CITY Drought team has no stars, no charisma and no chance. It has a first baseman at first base (Jeff King), at DH (Hal Morris) and in left field (Jeff Conine). No one with more than 100 at-bats last year hit better than .276, and Kevin Appier was the only starter with an ERA lower than 4.38. MINNESOTA Snow Yes, It will snow in the Metrodome in July ...if the Twins are a winning team. But the expected forecast is for losses with a possibility of winds blowing the team to North Carolina. ANAHEIM Solar eclipse Cecil Fielder comes to town, to block the sun and provide a full-time DH. The Angels' lineup is as balanced as any, and though Fielder won't do that much damage, a deeper pitching staff than in past years will keep Anaheim competitive. BALTIMORE Dust storms This isn't a clubhouse, It's a museum, with the three active players with the most career RBI Cal Ripken, Harold Baines and Joe Carter. They and regulars Chris Hoiles, Mike Bordick, Rafael Palmeiro, Brady Anderson, Eric Davis and B.J. Surhoff were all born before 1966. BOSTON Mud slides The Red Sox signed Perim Matin"' haven't moved to stop Mo Vaughn from becoming a free agent after this season. The first baseman and the team may be slinging accusations at each other throughout the year, not a good situation for a fan favorite and team leader. CHICAGO Fog What the White Sox want to be is still not clear. They spent for Albert Belle before last season, then sold off pitchers Wilson Alvarez and Roberto Hernandez while still in contention with a month to go. Is 3B Robin Ventura next to go? Forecast by Ed Price Graphic by Sean Tevis American League EAST DIVISION 1997 final standings - Na EAST DIVtSH j vs. Pet. GB NL 8-7 2 5-10 Atlanta- . Florida r ? S .605 .593 W L 98 64 96 66 79 83 78 84 76 86 Baltimore N.Y. Yankees Detroit Boston Toicito .488 19 8-7 N.Y. Mets ! Montreal Philadelphia CENTRAL DIV .481 20 6-9 .469 22 4-11 CENTRAL LsVISION toronto BLUE JAYS MasM: Tim Johnson Projected lineup LF Shannon Stewart 2B Tony Fernandez CF Jose Cruz Jr. DH Jose Canseco IB Deigado Stanley 3B Ed Sprague RF Shawn Green C Darrin Fletcher SS -Alex Gonzalez Starting pitchers RH Roger Clemens RH Pat Hentgen RH Juan Guzman RH Woody Williams RH Keivim Escobar Top relievers LH Randy Myers RH .Paul Quantrill texas RANGERS Manafw: Johnny Oates Projected lineup CF Tom Goodwin C Ivan Rodriguez LF Rusty Greer RF Juan Gonzalez IB Will Clark DH Lee Stevens 3B Fernando TatiS 2B .....AiiceaMcLemore SS Kevin Elster Starting pitchers RH John Eurkett LH Darren OI'ver RH .Aa'on Sele RH Rck Helling RH Roger Pavlik Top relievers RH John Wetteiand RH ...Danny Patterson tampa bay DEVIL RAYS Maaafr. Lany Rothschild Projected lineup CF ...Quinton McCracken 3B Wade Boggs LF Mike Kelly IB Fred McGriff DH Paul Sorrento C John Flaherty RF Dave Martinez SS Kevin Stocker 2B Miguel Cairo SUrting pitchers LH Wiison Alvarez rh Rolando ArrojO LH Tony Saunders RH Dennis Springer RH Esteban Yan Top relievers RH.... Roberto Hernandez RH Aitoie Lopez Oakland ATHLETICS Manager. Art Howe Projected lineup LF Rickey Henderson C Jason McDonaid RF Ben Grieve IB Jason Giambi DH Matt Stairs 33 Mike Blowers 2B Scott Sp'ezio C A.J. Hmch SS Kurt Abbott Starting pitchers LH Kenny Roge's RH Tom Canaotti RH Anel Pneio RH Jimrry hayr.es RH .6'ad Rgfy Top relievers RH V e Fete's RH T.J. Vaf ews Seattle MARINERS MaatR Lou Pmiella Projctd lliwup 2B Joey Cora SS Alex Rodriguez CF Ken Griffey Jr. DH Edgar Martinez RF Jay Buhner IB David Sgui LF Glenallen Hill 3B Russ Davis C Dan Wilson Starting pitch LH Randy Johnson LH jef Fasse'o LH Jamie Voyer RH Ken Cioude RH Felipe Lira Top rlivr RH ....HearhciiTT S:ocumb RM Bob We: s new york YANKEES - Manager. Joe Tore Projected lineup 2B Chuck Knoblauch r SS ....Derek Jeter , RF Paul O'Neill ' CF Bemie Williams is Tmo Matinez DH Chili Davis - 38 Scott Brosius . LF....RamesStrawber7 .- c Joe drardt Starting pitchers . rh David Cone LH .A-'dy Fertfe LH Davd We''s PH HideKi Kabu RH Ramiro Vendoza Top relievers RH Va' 30 P V'3 RH .. Jf Ne'son vs. W L Pet GB NL Cleveland 86 75 .534 9-6 Chi. White Sox 80 81 .497 6 8-7 Milwaukee 78 83 .484 8 8-7 Minnesota 68 94 .420 18;s 7-8 Kansas City 67 94 .416 19 7-8 WEST DIVISION vs. W L Pet GB NL Seattle 90 72 .556 7-9 Anaheim 84 78 .519 6 4-12 Texas 77 65 .475 13 1C6 Oarniand 65 97 .401 5 7-9 Houston h Pittsburgh Cincinnati St. Louis Chicago Cut WESTDfVtSK San Franc s Los Argeies i Colorado -San Dego 1

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