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r r i ' ' 4" t 4C THE PALM BEACH POST TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 1998 Standings AMERICAN LEAGUE 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." EAST Every time the seventh batter comes up, everyone is supposed to yell, 'Seven! '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. u REPORT ' .'VYV " ' 1 1) LLl) Team W L Pet GB LIO Str Home 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 110 Str Home Away Intr x-Cleveland 86 75 .534 46 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 m 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 LIO Str Home Away Intr x-Seattle 90 72 .556 M L-l 45-36 45-36 7-9 Anaheim 84 78 .519 6 5-5 L-l 46-36 38-42 4-12 Texas 77 85 .475 13 5-5 W-l 39-42 38-43 10-6 Oakland 65 97 .401 -25 4-6 W-l 35-46 30-51 7-9 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... Billy the Marlin will parachute into the stadium without his big head, eliminating the risk of losing the prop, which he did in last year's opener. Oh, and he won't have a parachute, eliminating the risk of further annoying fans. Those pencil-shaped Office Depot foul poles? Erasers now. Muscle Boy is Billboard Boy. He flexes and the Marlins wclinched wild card x-clinched division title Monday's results No games scheduled t Wednesday's games Minn, at Tor., 7:05 p.m. Det. at T. Bay, 7:05 p.m. K.C. at Bait., 7:05 p.m. advertise their next home series... across his chest with a black marker. . Yearbooks and programs left over 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 requests or myriad interviews and magazine covers and, certainly, there j n N.Y.Y. at Ana., 10:05 p.m. Clev. at Sea., 10:35 p.m. Bos. at Oak., 10:35 p.m. Cheryl Rosenberg Baseball from 1993 have been dusted off, and words "Inaugural Season" have been replaced with "World Champions." No refills for java-chugging manager Jim Leyland. Today's gamespitchers El Joe Angel's checks docked unless V- .-TV loss by saying, Away Iprobabie I Time I 1991 Team '97V$.Opp. Last 3 Outlnga TV Home Pitcher Line W-L ERA Rec W-L ERA W-l IP ERA ST Navarro (R) 2:35p 9-14 5.79 15-18 1-2 8.38 NR .TEXAS Burkett(R) -140 9-12 4.56 14-16 0-0 6.00 NR jHx. Belcher (R) 3:05p 13-12 5.02 14-18 0-1 10.13 NR BALT, 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 1-0 000 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 it aoesn i matter if the Marlins are in the win or loss column, it's how they managed to get through nine innings without a pitcher getting decapitated." 1 LEGEND: A -250 means you would have 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. 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 pitched. iRA: Earned run average. rot II Ticket takers include Alex Fernandez and Bobby Bonilla. They may be injured, but Wayne says he's not paying anyone to Standings NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST 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 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 W Team L Pet GB LIO Str Home Away Intr 101 61 .623 6-4 L-2 50-31 51-30 8-7 92 70 .568 9 3-7 L-4 52-29 40-41 12-3 88 74 .543 13 6-4 W-2 50-31 38-43 7-8 78 84 .481 23 3-7 L-l 45-36 33-48 12-3 68 94 .420 33 6-4 W-3 38-43 30-515-10 -Atlanta w-Florlda 4Mew York Montreal Philadelphia CENTRAL 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 Lakeland, forcing him to doze through 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. 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, stand around. D JumboTron replaced by fat guy named Jumbo who yells the score. World Champions banner used to cover even more empty seats that aren't necessary. El Blockbuster deal: Foul balls must be returned by midnight the following day. El 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. 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. Team W L Pet GB LIO Str Home Away Intr 84 78 .519 7-3 L-l 46-35 38-43 4-11 79 83 .488 5 6-4 W-l 43-38 36-45 7-8 x-Houston Pittsburgh Cincinnati St. Louis Chicago WEST 76 86 .469 8 6-4 W-l 40-41 36-45 9-6 73 89 .451 11 3-7 W-2 41-40 32-49 8-7 68 94 .420 16 4-6 L-2 42-39 26-55 9-6 i Team W L Pet GB LIO Str Home Away Intr 42-39 10-6 41-40 9-7 7-3 4- 6 5- 5 4-6 L-l L-l W-l W-2 48-33 47-34 47-34 39-42 ROB BARGEStaff Artist 36- 45 9-7 37- 44 8-8 the best will be. Leyland figures he'll still enjoy it. He called rookie Ryan Jackson, who x-SanFran. 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 It a . '- "!- -i'wr ' " ' " Portland, into the dugout to ask if he was scared. Jackson said no. 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. On-deck: Chicago Cubs (0-0) at Marlins (0-0) 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. Rookie Jackson to start Today's gamespitchers 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. bench, that's going to be important this year, Leyland said. By Dan Graziano Palm Beach Post Staff Writer Ryan Jackson won't have to sit on the bench wondering when he'll make his major-league debut. Nope. That decision was made PITCHERS: Today Cubs RHP Kevin Tapani (9-3, 3.39) vs. Marlins RHP Livan Hernandez (9-3,3.18); Wednesday Cubs Jackson is from Sarasota, so he'll have plenty of family members at the game. His mother, father, aunt and fiancee all will attend, as will his agent. Still, he won't need as many RHP Mark Clark (14-8, 3.82) vs. Marlins LHP Felix Heredia (5-3, Monday, when Florida Marlins man Away Probable jTlme I 1997 Team '97Vs. Opp.l Last 3 Outing I TV Home Pitcher Une W-L ERA Rec W-L ERA W-L IP ERA PHILA. SchMinQ (R) 1:40p 17-11 2.97 20-15 Tl 23i NR NY. Jones (R) -110 15-9 3 63 19-11 1-0 3 86 NR SD. Brown (R) -130 16-8 2ii9 (To To 129 NR CIN. Remlinger(R) 2:05p 8-8 4.14 6-6 1-1 7.58 NR MIL. 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 10-5 364 157 00 183 NR ST.L. Stottlemyr (R) -115 12-9 3 88 13-15 1-0 2.35 NR CHI. Tapani (R) 4:35p 9-3 -3 39 ioi 1 591 NR WGN FLA. Hernandez (R) -105 9-3 3.18 11-6 2-0 3 09 NR SC S.F. EstesIL) 5:05p Wb 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. Kile (R) -110 197 257 M NR ARIZ. An.BenesfR) 9:05p 10-7 3 10 0-0 0-0 150 NR ESPN 4.29); Thursday Cubs RHP Jeremi Gonzalez (11-9, 4.25) vs. Marlins RHP Rafael Medina (Major League debut). ager Jim Leyland made out today's starting lineup, one that featured tickets as he did for Sunday s exhibition game in St. Petersburg. NOTES: The Marlins are encouraging fans to be in their seats by Jackson, the rookie who made the "I had to keep it to a minimum for team by hitting .400 in spring train 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 ing, as the starting first baseman and No. 3 hitter. center-field fence to fly on a flagpole in the center field upper "I guess all you have to do is go 0- for-4 with three strikeouts, and you LEGEND: A -250 means you would have to wager $250 to wm $ 100 on favored team or wager $ 1 00 deck. . . . There will be no World Series rings presented today. The ring ceremony will take place before Sunday's 1 :05 p.m. game against the Milwaukee Brewers. . . . Today's National Anthem will be performed by saxophonist Shashaty, who played to win on underdog. All prtenmg data reflects toe prtcrter a past penormanoe as a starier. iwr: 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. get thrown in the three-hole," Jackson said, poking fun at the tough day he had at the plate in Sunday's exhibition finale. the National Anthem before a Division Series game at Pro Player last year. . . . Injured Martins third baseman Bobby Bonilla, who begins the season on the disabled list while recovering from Torn between two rookies, Ley- Final exhibition standings ankle and wrist surgeries, will throw out the first pitch. land decided to play the left-handed-hitting Jackson instead of right-hand this one, Jackson said. I felt like I was writing an essay before that last game, writing so many names on the pass list." B Not-so-new look: Other than the obvious World Series banner, fans will see few changes in Pro Player Stadium this year. The upper-deck tarps that came off for the postseason are back, of course, since ticket demand is back to (or below) regular-season expectations. Alex in the House: Injured pitcher Alex Fernandez was happy to see his teammates in the clubhouse 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. Dan Graziano NATIONAL LEAGUE AMERICAN LEAGUE FINAL 1997 STATISTICS: ed-hitting Derrek L'ee 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 Boston Texas Baltimore Chicago Oakland Seattle New YorK Detroit Anaheim Toronto Kansas City Cleveland Minnesota Tampa Bay W L Pet. W I Pet. 20 8 .714 San Diego 19 10 .655 21 10 .677 Los Angeles 18 10 .643 17 10 -630 NewVortt 19 II .633 19 13 .594 Houston 17 10 .630 18 13 .581 Philadelphia 16 14 .533 18 13 .581 Arizona 16 15 .516 15 12 .556 Chicago 14 16 .467 17 14 .548 Atlanta 13 17 .433 16 15 .516 St. Louis 12 16 .429 16 16 .500 Colorado 14 19 .424 14 15 .483 Cincinnati 13 18 .419 12 17 .414 Pittsburgh 13 18 .419 14 21 .400 Florida 11 17 .393 12 18 .400 Milwaukee 10 22 .313 San Francisco 9 21 .300 Montreal 8 22 .267 maneuver their bullpen matchups late in the game. 'With only five guys on the Reds trade Burba to Indians BATTERS Ave R B 38 HR RBI SB BATTERS AVC R 2B 3B HR RBI SB Booty ... 00 2 0 0 0 I 0 Grace .. 31 17 32 S 13 71 2 Nalal . . . .500 2 I 0 I 3 0 Hansen . 311 19 I 2 3 21 I Zaun ... 301 21 10 2 2 20 I Johnson . .307 60 16 5 39 20 Counsell . 294 20 9 J I 16 I D Clark . 301 19 I 0 5 32 1 Bonilla . . 297 77 3 ) 17 M 6 Glanvllle 300 7 22 5 I IS K Alou 292 H 29 S 23 115 9 Orie 275 40 23 5 0 44 2 Worman . 2M 3 1 0 I 2 I Hrnandt . .273 33 I 5 7 26 2 Esenrch . 280 36 19 I 2 34 0 Alexander 266 37 12 4 3 22 13 Wenner . .271 1 2 0 0 2 1 Sandberg 264 54 26 12 64 2 Renteria .277 90 21 1 4 52 32 Houston . 260 15 10 2 20 I Abbott . . .274 35 II 2 6 30 3 Servaii .. .260 36 21 0 6 45 0 Daulton . .263 61 21 I 14 63 6 Sosa 251 60 31 4 116 12 Johnson . 250 43 26 I 16 63 Cairo ... 241 7 t 0 0 1 0 SntHitH .250 16 22 I 21 71 II Brown . . .234 IS 7 1 5 IS 2 Arias ... .247 I 2 0 I II 0 Hubbard 203 4 0 0 1 2 0 White ... .245 37 13 I t 34 13 kschnck . 200 60 M I 0 4 I Canoelotl .345 20 I 0 I 12 S Jennings .167 It 3 I 0 0 0 Conine . . .242 46 13 I 17 61 5 TEAM . . .263 617 29 32 127 641 116 Floyd ... .234 23 6 1 6 l 6 w r . TEAM .. .259 746 271 Ut 713 115 J1" e J? " Pisriotta ..3 1 3 11 0 21 1 20 21 PITCHERS W L ERA SV If M SO Patterson .1 6 3 34 0 56 1 47 50 Canoelosi .0 0 0 00 0 I 0 0 Tapani ...03 339 0 15 0 77 55 Brown Ml 2 6 0 237lt 714 205 M Clar . . 14 I 3 12 0 205 0 213 173 Oiala 12 3 14 0 Wl 21 16 BottenfielD 23 36 2 040 12 74 Hernandei 0 3 3 11 0 II n Gomeiet . . II 4 ft 0 144 0 176 63 Powell ... 7 2 3 TO 2 75 71 65 Trachsel . . I 12 4 51 0 201 I 275 160 Femandei 17 12 3 59 0 TXf-1 163 113 Foster 10 7 461 0 146 I 141 1 10 Vosberg ..II 3 75 1 12 IS 0 Adams ... 2 9 4 62 10 74 0 91 64 Nen 9 3 3 19 35 70 72 II Morel 0 0 4 76 0 11 I 14 7 Cook 1 2 3 90 0 67 64 63 Tatis II 534 0 152 6633 Heredia ..S 3 4 29 0 56i S3 54 Batisf ...05 578 0 3 I 36 27 Leiter 11 9 4 34 0 ISl'l 133 132 Mveri 00 600 0 90 12 6 Staniter .1 2 4 60 I 45 43 21 S'evem ... I I 964 0 91 13 II Saunoerj ..4 6 4 61 0 I11 99 103 team ....6194 644 Alfonseca . 1 3 4 91 0 !5"l 19 ,ner 0 1 912 0 7 12 7 Tatats 91 70 IO Sunday's results Palm Beach Post Wire Services CINCINNATI The Cincinnati Reds slashed their payroll again Mon day by sending sending Dave Burba Houston 10. Texas 5 Seattle 8, Colorado 7 Oakland 6. San Francisco 0 N.Y. Yankees at San Diego, ccd., rain Los Angeles 4, Anaheim 2 Cleveland 13. Milwaukee 7 Chicago White Sox 3. Arizona 0 their opening day starter to the Cleveland Indians for a minor lea Florida 13, Tampa Bay 6 Toronto 4, Philadelphia 1 Kansas City 7. Minnesota 5 Cincinnati 9, Detroit 0 St. Louis 3. Pittsburgh 2 Montreal 4. Chicago Cubs 3 Boston 6. Atlanta 2 New York Mets 4, Baltimore 2 guer. Burba, 31, was considered the top starter in the rotation. Cleveland cave up first baseman Sean Casey, one of its top hitting prospects. Monday's results 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 iKxigers 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 Yew Bob Hamelin to their 25-man roster. Upcoming games April Smoltz to open at Class AA: Braves pitcher John Smoltz, recover San Diego 5, Mobile 3 N.Y. Yankees 12. San Diego State 3 Anaheim 8, Cai State FuHerton 4 ing from elbow surgery, will open the season with the Braves' Class AA farm team on Thursday. Omaha vs. K.C at Haines City. cod. Toronto 6. Syracuse 3 Montreal 5. Ottawa I Minnesota 7. Pittsburgh 3 Tuesday's game 1 7 30 i 1 05 J 70S 4 7 0 Cut Cut Brrt grew! WWII S3 34 SC $ IOS I l 7 70S 70S 'OS fO 70S 11 135 Brewer Brpwei PTs Phi Ptiiiiws Proe Pirate S3 34 33 34 SC SunaNne SC 33 34 B Noteworthy: Hidekl Irabu was booed in his first appearance before San Diego fans as the Yankees beat TV: SC - SoortsChannel Shaded 9a w at Pic Playar S-aOmm AI timet EOT . Minnesota vs. Montreal at Wmstort Saiem. N C. 2 05 p.m. San Diego State 12-3. Irabu, who was signed by the Padres in 1997 but 6Br8krf9ftShH4h9nalftfed .fe-jV--v.rftrfeltefc- &J!kk7tjb&&;i&kiii&&f&to

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