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4C THE PALM BEACH POST TUESDAY, MARCH 3 1 , 1 998 Standings 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 its one further. "In my opinion he has been the best for quite some time. 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. Team W L Pet GB L10 Stf Home Away Intr x-Baltimore w-New York Detroit Boston Toronto CENTRAL 98 96 79 78 76 64 66 83 84 86 .605 .593 .488 .481 .469 5-5 8-2 4-6 4- 6 5- 5 W-2 W-5 L-5 L-3 W-4 46- 35 47- 33 42-39 39-42 42-39 52-29 8-7 49-33 5-10 37-44 8-7 39-42 6-9 34-47 4-11 2 19 20 22 REPORT Team W L Pet GB HO Str Home Away Intr Mm L-2 W-l L-2 W-2 L-l 44- 37 45- 36 47-33 35-46 33-47 42-38 35-45 31-50 33- 48 34- 47 86 4,75 .534 80 81 .497 78 83 .484 68 94 .420 67 94 .416 9-6 8-7 8-7 7-8 6-9 4- 6 6- 4 3-7 7- 3 5- 5 6 8 l8l2 19 x-Cleveland Chicago Milwaukee Minnesota Kansas City WEST This opening day couldn't be more different from last 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 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 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 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. D Those pencil-shaped Office Depot foul poles? Erasers now. D Muscle Boy is Billboard Boy. He flexes and the Marlins w-clinched wild card x-clinched division title f Monday's results No games scheduled j 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. 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 were no bold predictions. ' D Yearbooks and programs left over ill kg- a. from 1993 have been dusted off, and the I 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 words "Inaugural Season have been replaced with "World Champions." D No refills for java-chugging Today's gamespitchers manager Jim Leyland D Joe Angel's checks 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 re docked unless he ends each loss by saying, "It doesn't matter if the Away I Probable I Time I 1997 Team )'97Va. Opp.l Last 3 Outings TV Home Pitcher Line W-L ERA Rec W-L ERA W-L IP ERA CH. Navarro (R) 2:35p 9-14 5.79 15-18 1-2 8 38 NR TEXAS Bufkelt(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 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 TB. 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 LEGEND: A -250 means you would have to wager $250 to win $ I OO 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: Marlins are in the win or loss column, it's how they managed to get through nine innings without a pitcher getting decapitated." Ticket takers include Alex Fernandez and Bobby Bonilla. They may be injured, but Wayne says he's not paying anyone to Pitcher s overall record tnis year to date as a starter, vs. upp. at sue: ntcner s past performance vs. today's opponent at the site of today's game. Last 3 Outings: Reflects how pitcher is currently going. Vtr Details his performance over his last three starts. W-L: Won-lost record as a starter. IP: Innings pitched. ERA: Earned run average. Standings NATIONAL LEAGUE 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. EAST 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. D Blockbuster deal: Foul balls must be returned by midnight cord 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." the following day. Waste Management's latest project... recycled spilled beer. 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-Florida 92 70 .568 9 3-7 L-4 52-29 40-4112 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 D 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 Team W during the playoffs, are back - filled with lead weights this time for use by batters warming up in the on-deck circle. L Pet GB L10 Str Home Away Intr x-San Fran. 90 72 .556 Los Angeles 88 74 .543 Colorado 83 79 .512 San Diego 76 86 .469 7-3 L-l 48-33 42-39 10-6 2 4-6 L-l 47-34 41-40 9-7 7 5-5 W-l 47-34 36-45 9-7 14 4-6 W-2 39-42 37-44 8-8 ROB BARGEStaff Artist It's just that no one knows what the best will be. Leyland figures he'll still enjoy it. 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 He called rookie Ryan Jackson, who played all of last season at Class AA Portland, into the dugout to ask if he was scared. Jackson said no. Then, Leyland asked him to spell 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 Chi. Cubs at Fla., 7:05 p.m. Pitt, at Mont., 7:05 p.m. S.D. at Cine, 7:05 p.m. wmmmmammmmmiammmmmmmmmmBm his manager s last name in five sec onds. "L-E-Y-L-A-N-D," Jackson said. doing his job," Leyland said Monday during Florida's workout. "I want the same kind of pressure I had last year, The manager smiled. Small vic tories. 7 (HP San Fran, at Hou., 8:05 p.m. Col. at Ariz., 9:05 p.m. On-deck: Chicago Cubs (0-0) at Marlins (0-0) Today's gamespitchers Rookie Jackson to start By Dan Graziano 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. 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 Monday, when Florida Marlins man Away I Probable iTIme I 1997 Team I '97 Va. Opp. I Laat 3 Outing I TV Home Pitcher Una W-L ERA Rec W-L ERA W-L IP ERA PICA. Sching(R) 1:40p 17-11 2 97 20-15 Ti 231 NR N.Y. Jones(R) -110 15-9 3.63 19-11 1-0 3.86 NR SO. Brown (R) -130 16-8 2 69 (M) 1-0 1.29 NR CM. Remnger(R) 2:05p 8 8 4.14 64 1-1 7.56 NR ML. Eked(R 4:10p 13-15 4 99 17-17 NR ATL. Maddux (R) -220 19-4 2 20 25-8 NR TBS LA. Martnez(R) 4:10p 10-5 3 64 15-7 00 T83 NR STL. Stottlemyr (R) -115 12-9 3 88 13-15 1-0 2.35 NR CHI. Tapam(R) 4 35p 9-3 3 39 10-3 1-1 5 91 NR WGN FLA HemandezfR) -105 93 3 18 11-8 2-0 309 NR SC S.F. Esles(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. KHe(R) -110 19-7 2 57 0-0 i ARIZ. AnBenes(R) 9:05p 10-7 3 10 0-0 0-0 1.50 NR ESPN ager Jim Leyland made out today's starting lineup, one that featured Jackson, the rookie who made the team by hitting .400 in spring train ing, as the starting first baseman and No. 3 hitter. "I guess all you have to do is go 0- 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 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 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 ankle and wrist surgeries, will throw out the first pitch. Dan Graziano FINAL 1997 STATISTICS: for-4 with three strikeouts, and you get thrown in the three-hole," Jackson said, poking fun at the tough day LE GE NO : A -250 means you would have to wager $ 250 to wm S 1 OO on favored team or wager S 1 00 to win $220 on underdog All prtcrwig 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: Prtcher's past performance vs. today s opoonent at the site of today s game. Last 3 Outings: Reflects how pitcher is currently going. Details his performance over his laat three starts. W-L: Won-lost record as a starter. IP: Innings pttcned. ERA: Earned run average. bench, that's going to be important this year," Leyland said. 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 tickets as he did for Sunday's exhibition game in St. 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 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. he had at the plate in Sunday's exhibition finale. Torn between two rookies, Lev- Final exhibition standings land decided to play the left-handed- NATIONAL LEAGUE AMERICAN LEAGUE hitting Jackson instead of right-handed-hitting Derrek Lee against Chicago Cubs right-hander Kevin Ta pani. The move gives the Marlins. who only have five bench players, a starting lineup that goes left-right-left-right-left-right-Ieft-right-right an advantage as the Cubs try to maneuver their bullpen matchups late in the game. "With only five guys on the 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 Anrona 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 17 .393 Tampa Bay 12 18 .400 Milwaukee 10 22 .313 San Francisco 9 21 .300 Montreal 8 22 .267 Reds trade Burba to Indians MARLINS CUBS BATTERS AVG S MR RBI SB BATTERS AVC S J H RBI SB Booty ... MO I I I I 0 Grace . . .11 17 32 i II 71 I Natal . . . .500 I I 0 I 1 0 Hansen . .311 I I 1 II I Zaun ... 101 II W 7 I 70 I Jonnson . .307 40 la I i 39 79 Counsell . .79 70 1 I M I 0 Clark . .301 H I J? Bonilla . . .27 77 J 1 17 H a Glanvill 300 71 I) S 4 M Alou 71 N It S 23 IIS Oria I7S 40 73 I 44 1 Morman . .706 J I I I I Hrnendx . .773 33 I 9 7 It f EsenrcH . .700 7 I I I 34 I Alexander M I II 4 1 71 13 Wanner . .271 I I I I Sandbar .764 54 2 I II 64 7 Rentrrl .777 W II 3 4 57 33 Houston . .760 15 HI I 70 I ADbon . . .774 35 10 I 6 30 ) Serais .. 360 36 71 0 4 45 Daulton . 763 61 71 I 14 63 t Sosa .751 60 31 4 Jt II II Johnson . .750 43 76 I I 63 0 Caira . . . .341 7 I I t Sheltield ISO 06 77 I II 71 II Brown . . .114 15 7 I S IS 1 Arias ... 747 I I 1 II 0 Hubbard 70 4 I 0 I I Whita ... 745 37 13 I 6 14 13 Kscnnck . 700 W 10 I 4 I Canoalosi 245 70 I II f Jrnningt 167 II 3 I 0 t Conine .. .247 46 13 I 17 61 f TEAM . . JU M7 7M XV 641 lit Floyd ... .734 73 I t I TEAM .. JS 740 771 tit 73 115 TTCHCRS W L ERA SV It SO ,ur. , Pisciotte ..II 1 M 0 71 I 20 II WTCHERS W L ERA SV M N SO Patterson .10 1 14 5 I 47 SO Cane'OSi 0 00 I I Tapani ...J 3J I HI IT S B'own Ml 2 6 I U?v 214 105 M Clark ..Ml 312 70S 0 113 173 Oaia ..II 3 14 I ?j 71 I Bettentield II I It I ttll274 Mernenoel 1 1 II I t"s II 71 Gonialei . . II 4 75 I 14 1 17 1 fWM ..71 1? I 7v 71 65 Tractne . . I II 4 SI I 201 I 175 It Fernanda! 17 17 15 IJOVj 13 Ml Fetter M 7 41 I 146 1 141 III Voider ..II 1 75 I 11 15 I Adam . . . 1 4 41 II 74 1 l 64 " l 15 7 71 II More) 4 76 I III 14 7 Cx II 10 I t7 64 A3 Tatis II 514 I 55 1 at n Heredia .51 47 I 5651 54 ft.,,,,, ...15 IH HI Jt 77 Le.ter II 4 34 I 151 113 111 Mrers 601 II Staniter ..II 4 to I as 43 S'rvena ...! 4 I 11 u Saunders .. 4 0 4 61 t III Ml TEAM 404 -4t A'tonseca 'J 41 I 75 11 I M.iier 7 7 II I Tata) 1 7 Ml Sunday's results Houston 10, Texas 5 Seattle 8. Colorado 7 Oakland 6. San Francisco 0 N.Y. Yankees at San Diego, ccd.. Los Angeles 4. Anaheim 2 Cleveland 1 3. Milwaukee 7 Chicago White Sox 3. Arizona 0 Florida 13, Tampa Bay 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 Monday's results Palm Beach Post Win Services CINCINNATI The Cincinnati 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 Sean 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: Hidekl 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 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 Karnes April San Diego 5. Mobile 3 N.Y. Yankees 12. San Diego State 3 Anaheim 8. Cal State FuRerton 4 Ornaha vs K.C at Hames City, cod Toronto 6. Syracuse 3 Montreal 5. Ottawa 1 Minnesota 7. Pittsburgh 3 Tuesday's game '- " V- '--a-i. ' -- JVr ' -i--'s '"' ' I '' I " 1 7 JO 1 ICS S 70S 70S Cut CjU Bw Brew WON 31 H JC I 10S 1S 7 70S 'OS 1 1 70S 11 IS Evwr Bat Ptu PNim Ptanm Pirate Prahn tSU S3 1 SC Sunarra SC S3 14 Minnesota VS Montr t m Winston-Saiem. N c. 2rOS p.m. TV SC - SccmOrnt Shaded gaman at Pro Plve ?xkum Al sjmat EOT a .1 mt

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