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'4C THE PALM BEACH POST TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 1998 r c Standing FINAL 1997 AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST Around the Horn A BIRDIE TOLD HIM: Orioles pitcher Mike Mussina has been considered one of the top pitchers in baseball, but pitching coach Mike Flanagan takes it one stepfurther. "In my opinion he has been the best for quite some time." Every time the seventh batter comes up, everyone is supposed to yell, 'Sevenl'I don't want the pitcher's spot slipping up on me." PHIL GARNER, Brewers manager on his team's switch to the National League. REPORT i 0) Team W L Pet GB L10 Str Howe Away Intr x-Baltimore 98 64 .605 5-5 W-2 46-35 52-29 8-7 w-NewYork 96 66 .593 2 8-2 W-5 47-33 49-33 5-10 Detroit 79 83 .488 19 4-6 L-5 42-39 37-44 8-7 Boston 78 84 .481 20 4-6 L-3 39-42 39-42 6-9 Toronto 76 86 .469 22 5-5 W-4 42-39 34-47 4-11 CENTRAL Team W L Pet GB L10 Str Home Away Intr x-Cleveland 86 , 75 .534 4-6 L-2 44-37 42-38 9-6 Chicago 80 81 .497 6 6-4 W-l 45-36 35-45 8-7 Milwaukee 78 83 .484 8 3-7 L-2 47-33 31-50 8-7 Minnesota 68 94 .420 18'i 7-3 W-2 35-46 33-48 7-8 Kansas City 67 94 .416 19 5-5 L-l 33-47 34-47 6-9 WEST Team W L Pet GB L10 Str Home Away Intr x-Seattle 90 72 .556 6-4 L-l 45-36 45-36 7-9 Anaheim 84 78 .519 6 5-5 L-l 46-36 38-42 4-12 This opening day couldn't be more different from last Marlins cutting costs So you think the Florida Marlins did enough damage by dumping their best players to trim the payroll? Well, here are some cost-cutting measures you didn't know about... D Billy the Marlin will parachute into the stadium without his big 5-5 4-6 13 25 W-l W-l 39-42 35-46 77 65 38-43 10-6 30-51 7-9 85 97 .475 .401 Texas Oakland head, eliminating the risk of losing the prop, which he did in last w-clinched wild card x-clinched division title Monday's results year s opener. Oh, and he won't have a parachute, eliminating the risk of further annoying fans. D Those pencil-shaped Office Depot foul poles? Erasers now. D Muscle Boy is Billboard Boy. He flexes and the Marlins No games scheduled There would be no full house or late-night search for a spare bed. Florida Marlins manager Jim Leyland would not find himself cocooned in his young son's room in front of a flickering TV. There weren't a million ticket Wednesday's games aavernse tneir next nome series... across his chest with a black marker. B Yearbooks and programs left over from 1993 have been dusted off, and the N.Y.Y. at Ana., 10:05 p.m. Clev. at Sea., 10:35 p.m. Bos. at Oak., 10:35 p.m. Minn, at Tor., 7:05 p.m. Det. at T. Bay, 7:05 p.m. K.C. at Bait., 7:05 p.m. requests or myriad interviews and magazine covers and, certainly, there Cheryl Rosenberg Baseball words "Inaugural Season" have been replaced with "World Champions." D No refills for java-chugging manager Jim Leyland. Today's gamespitchers D Joe Angel's checks were no bold predictions. Leyland will still have the same jitters, nerves which can be stilled only by the umpire's first call. Opening day is opening day. Problem is, it's not a just a day of expectations for this season's Florida Marlins. It's a day of lowered expectations. This time last season, Leyland's entire extended family camped out at his expensive, brand-new home in Parkland, forcing him to doze through Away I Probable iTime I 1997 Team I '97 V. Opp. I Last 3 Outings I TV Home Pitcher Line W-L ERA Rec W-L ERA W-L IP ERA CHI. Navarro (R) 2:35p 9-14 5.79 15-18 1-2 8.38 NR TEXAS Burketl(R) -140 9-12 4.56 14-16 0 0 6.00 NR K.C. Belcher (R) 3:05p 13-12 5 02 14-18 0-1 10.13 NR BAIT. Mussina (R) -230 15-8 3.20 21-12 0-1 2.57 NR ESPN DET. Thompson (L) 5:05p 15-11 3.02 18-14 NR T.B. Alvarez (L) -105 9-8 3.03 0-0 1-0 0.00 NR CLEVE. Nagy(R) 7:05p 15-11 4.28 20-14 1-2 3.00 NR SEA. Johnson (L) -185 20-4 2.28 21-8 2-0 0.69 NR ESPN docked unless he ends each loss by saying, "It doesn't matter if the Marlins are because it means I have a chance." Instead, Leyland will have a different kind of pressure. Development is what will determine if this season is a success, because the win-loss record is bound to be gaudy, and in a way more Chicago Cub-ian than Atlanta Brave-like. His challenge will be to remain as positive as possible, to show confidence in his young players. You learn a lot about patience when you spend LEGEND: A -250 means you would nave to wager $250 to win $ 1 00 on favored team or wager $ 1 00 to win $220 on underdog. All pitching data reflects the pitcher's past performance as a starter. 1 997: Pitcher's overall record this year to date as a starter. Vs. Opp. at Site: Pitcher's past performance vs. today's opponent at the site of today's game. Last 3 Outings: Reflects how pitcher is currently going. Details his performance over his last three starts. W-L: won-lost record as a starter. IP: Innings pitched. ERA: Earned run average. in the win or loss i column, it's how they managed to get through nine innings without a pitcher getting decapitated." D Ticket takers include Alex Fernandez and Bobby Bonilla. They may be injured, but Wayne says he's not paying anyone to 1 Standings FINAL 1997 NATIONAL LEAGUE the NCAA men's basketball championship with his son, Patrick. This time last season, talented veterans could hardly wait to take the field with their expensive, brand-new teammates and send a message to everyone that, come October, they'd be a team to reckon with. "Last year was the best kind of pressure," said Leyland, who managed the Marlins to the World Series Championship in his first season with the team. stand around. B JumboTron replaced by fat guy named Jumbo who yells EAST the score. World Champions banner used to cover even more empty seats that aren't necessary. Blockbuster deal: Foul balls must be returned by midnight the following day. 11 years managing in the minor leagues, as Leyland did. Maybe this team won't really be that bad. Everyone talks about the Marlins having a solid offense, a better defense, but as for the pitching . . . let's just say those who were around last season are going to savor the moment when the World Series championship banner is raised before today's game. That doesn't mean they're not looking forward to getting the season started. There are a bunch of young, hungry guys getting their first shot at the majors. The veterans must find their challenge elsewhere. "Last year, we knew we had something to play for," right fielder Gary Sheffield said. "Just looking at spring training, you know it's going to be a long year. It just takes away from coming here (today) and being very optimistic. You just play and hope for the best." It's just that no one knows what Team W L Pet GB L10 Str Home Away Intr x-Atlanta 101 61 .623 6-4 L-2 50-31 51-30 8-7 w-Florlda 92 70 .568 9 3-7 L-4 52-29 40-41 12-3 New York 88 74 .543 13 6-4 W-2 50-31 38-43 7-8 Montreal 78 84 .481 23 3-7 L-l 45-36 33-48 12-3 Philadelphia 68 94 .420 33 6-4 W-3 38-43 30-51 5-10 CENTRAL Team W L Pet GB L10 Str Home Away Intr x-Houston 84 78 .519 7-3 L-l 46-35 38-43 4-11 Pittsburgh 79 83 .488 5 6-4 W-l 43-38 36-45 7-8 Cincinnati 76 86 .469 8 6-4 W-l 40-41 36-45 9-6 St. Louis 73 89 .451 11 3-7 W-2 41-40 32-49 8-7 Chicago 68 94 .420 16 4-6 L-2 42-39 26-55 9-6 WEST Team W L Pet GB HQ Str Home Away Intr Waste Management's latest project... recycled spilled beer. Fan giveaways every time Charles Johnson commits an error. Broken bats collected for September Broken Bat night. B TGIF promotion (coincides with monthly FPL bill): No matter the score, lights out at 10 p.m. Maracas, those cheering instruments sold by player wives during the playoffs, are back - filled with lead weights this time for use by batters warming up in the on-deck circle. 7-3 4- 6 5- 5 4-6 L-l L-l W-l W-2 48-33 47-34 47-34 39-42 42-39 10-6 41-40 9-7 36- 45 9-7 37- 44 8-8 Anything short of making the post-season would have been considered a failure, for Florida and for him personally. Once the Marlins clinched the wild card, the rumblings about the sale of the team and impending housecleaning made it even more important for Leyland to get the ring, and get it now. He admitted to being tough on his team, not abusive, but constantly reminding them they had a chance to do something very, very special, and he'd be darned if he'd allow it slip through their fingers. By the time Edgar Renteria knocked in the winning run in Game 7 of the World Series, Leyland was completely exhausted. Which is entirely the point. "Show me a manager who looks like Robert Redford after the season and I'll show you a guy who's not doing his job," Leyland said Monday during Florida's workout. "I want the same kind of pressure I had last year, ROB BARGEStaff Artist the best will be. Leyland figures he'll still enjoy it. He called rookie Ryan Jackson, who x-San Fran. 90 72 .556 Los Angeles 88 74 .543 2 Colorado 83 79 .512 7 San Diego 76 86 .469 14 w-clinched wild card x-clinched division title w-clinched wild card x-clinched division title Monday's results No games scheduled Wednesday's games played all of last season at Class AA Portland, into the dugout to ask if he was scared. Jackson said no. REPORT Then, Leyland asked him to spell his manager's last name in five sec onds. "L-E-Y-L-A-N-D," Jackson said The manager smiled. Small vic tories. San Fran, at Hou., 8:05 p.m. Col. at Ariz.. 9:05 p.m. Chi. Cubs at Fla., 7:05 p.m. Pitt, at Mont., 7:05 p.m. S.D. at Cine, 7:05 p.m. On-deck: Chicago Cubs (0-0) at Marlins (0-0) Today's gamespitchers Rookie Jackson to start By Dan Graziano Palm Beach Post Staff Writer Ryan Jackson won't have to sit on bench, that's going to be important this year," Leyland said. Jackson is from Sarasota, so he'll nave plenty of family members at the game. His mother, father, aunt and nancee all will attend, as will his WHENWHERE: Today (4:35 p.m.), Wednesday (7:05 p.m.) and Thursday (1:05 p.m.) at Pro Player Stadium. TVRADIO: Today SportsChannel, WGN; Wednesday ESPN-Thursday WGN; All games broadcast on WQAM 560-AM and' in Spanish on WQBA 1 140-AM. PITCHERS: Today Cubs RHP Kevin Tapani (9-3, 3.39) vs. Marlins RHP Livan Hernandez (9-3,3.18); Wednesday Cubs RHP Mark Clark (14-8, 3.82) vs. Marlins LHP Felix Heredia (5-3, 4.29); Thursday Cubs RHP Jeremi Gonzalez (11-9, 4.25) vs. Marlins RHP Rafael Medina (Major League debut). NOTES: The Marlins are encouraging fans to be in their seats by 3:45 p.m. today, in time to see the raising of the World Series Championship banner, which will ride on pulleys up from the ' center-field fence to fly on a flagpole in the center field upper deck There will be no World Series rings Dresented todav. " Probable) ITime I 1997 Team I '97 Vs. Opp. I Last 3 Outings I TV Home Pitcher Una W-L ERA Rec W-L ERA W-L H ERA PHILA. Seining (fl) 1:40p 17-11 2.97 20-15 1-1 2.31 NR NY. Jones (R) -110 15-9 3.63 19-11 1-0 3 86 NR S O Brown (R) -130 16 8 2 69 hT To t29 NR ON RemUnoer (R) 2:05p 8-8 4.14 6-6 1-1 756 NR ML. Eldred(R) 4:10p 13-15 4 99 17-17 NR ATL. Maddux (R) -220 19-4 2.20 25-8 NR TBS LA. Martinez (R) 4:10p 10-5 364 15-7 o5 i83 NR ST.L. SlotllemyT(R) -115 12-9 3.88 13-15 1-0 2.35 NR CHI Tapani (R) 4:35p 9-3 3 39 ioT" "Ti iT NR WGN FLA. Hernandez (R) -105 9-3 318 11-6 2-0 3 09 NR SC SF. Estes(L) 5:05p 19-5 3 18 23-9 1-0 0 59 NR HOU. Reynolds (R) -115 9-10 4 23 16-14 0-2 3 66 NR COLO. Me (ft) -110 19-7 2 57 OM) NR ARIZ. AnBenes(R) 9:05p 10-7 3 10 0-0 0-0 1.50 NR ESPN agent. Still, he won t need as many tickets as he did for Sunday's exhibi tion game in m. Petersburg. "I had to keep it to a minimum for this one," Jackson said. "I felt like I was writing an essay before that last game, writing so many names on the pass list. Not-so-new look: Other than The ring ceremony will take place before Sunday's 1 :05 p.m. game against the Milwaukee Brewers Today's National LEGEND: A -250 means you would have to wager $250 to wtn $ 1 00 on favored team or wager S 1 00 to win $220 on underdog All pitching data reflects the pitcher's past performance as a starter 1997-Pitcher s overall record this year to date as a starter. Vs. Opp. at Site: Pitcher s past performance vs today 's opponent at the site of today s game. Last 3 Outings: Reflects how pitcher is currently going Details his performance over his last three starts. W-L: Won-lost record as a starter. IP: innings Bitched ERA: Earned run average. the obvious World Series banner, Anthem will be performed by saxophonist Shashatv. who Dlaved tans will see few changes in Pro the bench wondering when he'll make his major-league debut. Nope. That decision was made Monday, when Florida Marlins manager Jim Leyland made out today's starting lineup, one that featured Jackson, the rookie who made the team by hitting .400 in spring training, as the starting first baseman and No. 3 hitter. "I guess all you have to do is go 0-for-4 with three strikeouts, and you get thrown in the three-hole," Jackson said, poking fun at the tough day he had at the plate in Sunday's exhibition finale. Torn between two rookies, Ley-land decided to play the left-handed-hitting Jackson instead of right-handed-hitting Derrek Lee against Chicago Cubs right-hander Kevin Tapani. The move gives the Marlins, who only have five bench players, a starting lineup that goes left-right-left-right-left-right-left-right-right an advantage as the Cubs try to maneuver their bullpen matchups late in the game. "With only five guys on the Player Stadium this year. The UDoer- the National Anthem before a Division Series game at Pro Player last year. . . . Injured Marlins third baseman Bobby Bonilla, who begins the season on the disabled list while recovering from Final exhibition standings deck tarps that came off for the postseason are back, of course, since ticket demand is back to (or below) ankle and wrist surgeries, will throw out the first pitch. regular-season expectations. Dan Graziano NATIONAL LEAGUE AMERICAN LEAGUE FINAL 1997 STATISTICS: Alex In the House: Injured pitcher Alex Fernandez was happy to see his teammates in the clubhouse MARLINS BATTERS AVG MR RBI SB Booty .600 o 1 Natal . . . Zaun . . . Counsel! . Bonilla . . Alou . . . . Mormen . Monday when he came to the stadium to continue his rehabilitation of his surgically repaired rotator cuff. Fernandez played catch (throwing from .75 feet), and is still hoping for a mid-season comeback, though he's not rushing. W L Pet. W L Pet. Boston 20 8 .714 San Diego 19 10 .655 Texas 21 10 .677 Los Angeles 18 10 .643 Baltimore 17 10 .630 New York 19 II .633 Chicago 19 13 .594 Houston 17 10 .630 Oakland 18 13 .581 Philadelphia 16 14 .533 Seattle 18 13 .581 Anzona 16 15 .516 New York 15 12 .556 Chicago 14 16 .467 Detroit 17 14 .548 Atlanta 13 17 .433 Anaheim 16 15 .516 St. Louis 12 16 .429 Toronto 16 16 .500 Colorado 14 19 .424 Kansas City 14 15 .483 Cincinnati 13 18 .419 Cleveland 12 17 .414 Pittsburgh 13 18 .419 Minnesota 14 21 .400 Florida 11 7 .393 Tampa Bay 12 18 .400 Milwaukee 10 22 .313 San Francisco 9 21 .300 Montreal 8 22 .267 28 0 I 10 J 2 i t 2 21 II 21 M 22 2 13 13 271 i 21 17 Esenrch . wehner . Renteria Abbott .. Daullon . Johnson . Sheffield Arias . . . white . . . Canoeiosi Reds trade Burba to Indians BATTERS AVG R 2B 3B MR RBI ! Grace . . .31 7 32 5 13 71 Hansen . .311 l 1 2 3 21 Johnson . .307 60 16 5 3 O Clark . .301 I I 0 5 32 Glanville .300 7 22 5 4 35 Orie 275 40 73 5 44 Hrnandl . .273 33 I 5 7 26 Alexander .266 37 12 4 3 22 Sandberg .264 54 26 0 12 64 Houston . .260 IS 10 0 2 21 Servais .. 260 36 21 0 6 45 Sosa 251 90 31 4 36 II Cairo . . . .241 7 1 0 0 1 Brown . .234 15 7 I 5 15 Hubbard .203 4 0 0 1 2 kschnck . .200 to II 2 0 4 Jennings .167 II 3 1 0 0 TEAM .. .243 617 24 3 127 642 II PITCHERS W L ERA SV IP H U Piscioll .31 3 II 21 I 20 21 Patterson .14 3 34 54 I 47 SI Tapani ... 3 3 3 0 ISO 77 55 M Clark . . 14 I 3 12 0 205 0 213 173 Bottenlield 23 316 2 140 12 74 Gonzelei . . II 4 25 0 144 0 124 3 Trachsel . . I 12 4 51 0 201 I 225 160 Foster 10 7 4 41 0 146 I 141 III Adams ... 2 4 42 II 74 0 l 64 Morel 0 0 4 76 0 II I 14 7 Talis II S34 0 55 2 66 33 Batista ...OS 570 36 1 36 27 Myers 00 600 0 0 12 Stevens ... 0 2 64 0 1 13 13 TEAM 4.44 0 0 1 I I 0 I 32 3 t 0 II 0 13 5 S 4 its so 0 205 I 72 65 113 I 63 54 132 21 102 I 7 3 20 It H IIS 2 34 2 52 30 43 43 71 II 34 12 41 I 73 N 0 714 21 II 71 13 15 72 64 53 133 43 31 12 Conine . . Floyd . . . TEAM .. PITCHERS .500 .301 m .27 m .216 .280 .271 .277 .274 .263 .250 .250 .247 .245 .245 .242 .234 .25 1 W L . 0 . kt I . I I t 1 7 1 17 12 I I J I I 5 1 II f I 2 4 6 I ) I flJt Sunday's results Palm Beach Post Wirt Services CINCINNATI - The Cincinnati Canoeiosi Brown . . . Oiala Hernandei IP I 237H mi W1 7v 220H 12 70 7" 4M1 ISI'1 45 IIIV) 7511 Fernanda! vosberg Nen Houston 10. Texas 5 Seattle 8. Colorado 7 Oakland 6. San Francisco 0 N.V. Yankees at San Diego, ccd . Los Angeles 4. Anaheim 2 Cleveland 1 3. Milwaukee 7 Chicago White So 3. Anzona 0 Florida 13, Tampa Bay Toronto 4, Philadelphia 1 Kansas City 7, Minnesota 5 Cincinnati 9. Detroit 0 St. Lours 3. Pittsburgh 2 Montreal 4. Chicago Cubs 3 Boston 6. Atlanta 2 New fork Metss 4. Baltimore 2 ERA 000 264 3 14 1 II 321 3 5 3 75 31 30 42 414 4 40 441 41 I7 in Cook Heredia Leiler . . . Sianifer . Saunders . Alfonseca Miner . . . Tetak Monday's resufts refused to negotiate, struck out seven in three innings and declared himself ready to start Sunday at Oakland. . . . Cubs veteran first-baseman Mark Grace broke his right toe Sunday with a foul ball and will not start today Former Marlin Chuck Carr hit a two-run double in the seventh, then was released after helping Montreal beat Ottawa, their Class AAA team, in Jupiter 5-1.. . . The Red Sox acquired right-hander Jin Ho Cho from Korea and extended a Class AAA contract to former Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Billy Ashley At Mobile, Ala., Quilvio Veras hit a two-run homer and drove in three runs as the San Diego Padres beat Mobile 5-3. . . . The Brewers released pitcher Ben McDonald and added former AL Rookie of the Year Bob Hamelin to their 25-man roster. Upcoming games Reds slashed their payroll again Monday by sending sending Dave Burba their opening day starter to the Cleveland Indians for a minor leaguer. Burba. 31, was considered the top starter in the rotation. Cleveland gave up first baseman Scan Casey, one of its top hitting prospects. Smoltz to open at Class AA: Braves pitcher John Smoltz, recovering from elbow surgery, will open the season with the Braves' Class AA farm team on Thursday. Noteworthy: Hideki Irabu was booed in his first appearance before San Diego fans as the Yankees beat San Diego State 12-3. Irabu, who was signed by the Padres in 1997 but San Diego 5. Mobile 3 N.Y. Yankees 1 S. San Diego State 3 Anaheim 8. Cal State FuHerton 4 Omaha vs. K.C. at Hatnes City. cod. Toronto 6. Syracuse 3 Montreal 5, Ottawa 1 Minnesota 7. Pittsburgh 3 Tuesday's game -V "SJU uJ-i.' 4W' 1 7 30 2 IDS) 70S4 70S Cub Cubs Brewers Brewers WGN 33.34 SC I H tt 7 70S 705 t 106 10 70s 11 13s Brewers Brewers Phillies Ptwhes Ptmiies Pirates Pirates y 34 3334 SC Suntfwie SC 33 34 Minnesota vs. Montreal at rVmstonSalem. N.C.. 2 05 p.m. TV: SC - SportsChannel Shaded games at Pro Player Stadium All times FDT

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