Sporting Digest: Baseball

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The Independent Online
THE Chicago White Sox will pit their biggest pitching gun, Jack McDowell, a 22-game winner this season, against Toronto's Juan Guzman in the first game of the best-of-seven American League Championship Series, which starts in Chicago's Comiskey Park tonight. The Atlanta Braves, who won the National League West on the final day of the season when their nearest rivals the San Francisco Giants fell 12-1 at the Los Angeles Dodgers, meet the Philadelphia Phillies in game one of the NL play-offs tomorrow.

AMERICAN LEAGUE: Milwaukee 6 Boston 3; New York 2 Detroit 1; Chicago 4 Cleveland 0; Toronto 11 Baltimore 6; Minnesota 7 Seattle 2; Kansas City 4 Texas 1; California 7 Oakland 3.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Atlanta 5 Colorado 3; New York 9, Florida 2; Montreal 3 Pittsburgh 1; St Louis 2 Philadelphia 0; Cincinnati 7 Houston 4; Los Angeles 12 San Francisco 1; Chicago 4 San Diego 1.

----------------------------------------------------------------- FINAL MAJOR LEAGUE STANDINGS ----------------------------------------------------------------- American League ----------------------------------------------------------------- East Division W L Pct GB Toronto Blue Jays 95 67 .586 - New York Yankees 88 74 .543 7 Baltimore Orioles 85 77 .525 10 Detroit Tigers 85 77 .525 10 Boston Red Sox 80 82 .494 15 Cleveland Indians 76 86 .469 19 Milwaukee Brewers 69 93 .426 26 West Division Chicago White Sox 94 68 .580 - Texas Rangers 86 76 .531 8 Kansas City Royals 84 78 .519 10 Seattle Mariners 82 80 .506 12 California Angels 71 91 .438 23 Minnesota Twins 71 91 .438 23 Oakland Athletics 68 94 .420 26 ----------------------------------------------------------------- National League ----------------------------------------------------------------- East Division W L Pct GB Philadelphia Phillies 97 65 .599 - Montreal Expos 94 68 .580 3 St Louis Cardinals 87 75 .537 10 Chicago Cubs 84 78 .519 14 Pittsburgh Pirates 75 87 .463 23 Florida Marlins 64 98 .395 34 New York Mets 59 103 .364 39 West Division Atlanta Braves 104 58 .642 - San Francisco Giants 103 59 .636 1 Houston Astros 85 77 .525 19 Los Angeles Dodgers 80 81 .497 2 Cincinnati Reds 73 89 .451 31 Colorado Rockies 67 95 .414 37 San Diego Padres 61 101 .377 43 -----------------------------------------------------------------

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