October 3, 2001
HOUSTON - For one night, at least, the Barry Bonds home run chase took a back seat to the National League pennant race. The San Francisco Giants arrived at Enron Field last night desperately seeking to overtake the Arizona Diamondbacks in the NL West, but their 4-1 victory over the Houston Astros only allowed them to hold their place two games off the pace with five games to play. The Astros' situation is not quite so urgent. They fell into a first-place tie with the surging St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central, but need just one victory over the Giants to become the first NL team to clinch at least a wild-card playoff berth.
September 16, 1991
With the baseball season down to its final weeks, it's time to determine who will prevail in the only races remaining -- the AL East and NL West.In the AL East, will Toronto hold on? Or will Boston, 3 1/2 games back, or Detroit, 5 1/2 behind, make a last successful run despite not facing the Blue Jays the rest of the season?In the NL West, will Atlanta hold the 1 1/2 -game lead it earned this weekend by winning two out of three from Los Angeles? Or will the Dodgers even the score in their upcoming series in Los Angeles and go on to win the pennant?
July 8, 1994
The Sun's national baseball writer, Peter Schmuck, ranks the major leagues' 28 teams.Rank, Team, Previous Rank, Comment1. Cleveland Indians, 5, No joke. The mistake by the lake has been corrected.2. Baltimore Orioles, 6, Once sporatic O's have caught stride. Look out.3. Atlanta Braves, 3, Great team has been sputtering lately, but no serious setbacks.4. Cincinnati Reds, 4, Two Ohio teams are combined 56-22 at home.5. New York Yankees, 1, Had to cool off sooner or later. Still to be reckoned with.
August 12, 2003
Who's hot Jeff Kent of the Astros is 11-for-23 (.478) lifetime against Kerry Wood of the Cubs. Who's not Kip Wells of the Pirates gave up four home runs in six innings. Line of the day Dontrelle Willis, Marlins P IP H R BB SO 2 6 7 3 1 He said it "There's been concern from so many people about my age and what happens if we make the playoffs. I feel sorry for the people who bring that up." Felipe Alou, 68-year-old manager of the Giants, who lead the NL West by 11 On deck Roy Halladay of the Blue Jays goes for his major league-leading 17th victory today, facing the Mariners.
May 19, 2002
1. Red Sox: Everything falling in place. 2. Mariners: Getting surprise challenge from Angels. 3. Yankees: Waiting for Red Sox to swoon in June. 4. Diamondbacks: Not rattled by strong Giants' start. 5. Giants: Particularly pesky at Pac Bell. 6. Angels: Recent 16-2 run best in club history. 7. Reds: Holding their own at top of NL Central. 8. Marlins: Fresh fish haven't floundered. 9. Twins: Soft road record could be trouble. 10. White Sox: Southsiders are headed north. 11. Dodgers: Waiting for an opening in wild West.