IN THE NEWS: In a battle of also-rans at Fenway Park, the Red Sox trip the Yankees, 75, with the win going to Gardner, who throws 6 2/3 innings of relief. Scott Cooper and Phil Plantier hits HRs for the Sox, who end the season's power outage with 84 home runs. Except for the strike year of '94, this is the only season since 1945 the Sox have not reached 100 dingers. Slugger Jack Clark drops from 28 to 5 road homers this year.
At Milwaukee, the A's knock the 2nd place Brewers out of the race, beating them, 103. The A's, first in the AL West, knock 4 homers including Mark McGwire's 42nd. Ricky Bones lasts just 1 1/3 innings and takes the loss. Mike Moore wins his 17th.
IN THE NEWS: The Braves win the opening game of the NLCS with a 51 victory over the Pirates. John Smoltz gets the win and Jeff Blauser homers for Atlanta. Ron Gant of the Braves sets a major league record by successfully stealing his 9th consecutive post season base.
IN THE NEWS: Rookie Tim Wakefield hurls Pittsburgh to a 32 victory over the Braves, giving the Pirates their 1st win in the NLCS. He is the 1st rookie to start an National League playoff game since Philadelphia's Charles Hudson in 1983. Ron Gant homers for the Braves, but Andy Van Slyke's sac fly in the 7th provides the margin of victory.
The Braves take a 31 lead in the NLCS, defeating the Pirates, 64, behind the hitting, baserunning and pitching of John Smoltz. Smoltz, who had two singles and a SB, becomes the 1st National League pitcher to win his 1st four playoff starts.
IN THE NEWS: The Blue Jays win their 3rd game in a row, defeating the A's, 76, in 11 innings after trailing 61 through 8. Roberto Alomar's 2-run home run ties the game in the 9th, and John Olerud has four hits for Toronto.
Pittsburgh P Bob Walk stops the Braves on three hits to give the Pirates a 71 win in Game five of the NLCS. Braves P Steve Avery fails to make it past the 1st inning, marking the quickest exit by a hurler in the National League playoffs since Pittsburgh's Bob Moose in 1972.
IN THE NEWS: The Pirates even the NLCS at three games apiece with a 134 rout of the Braves. Tim Wakefield wins his 2nd game of the series. Barry Bonds and Lloyd McClendon each have two hits in Pittsburgh's 8run 2nd inning to tie a playoff record.
The Braves come from behind to defeat the Pirates, 32, to win the NLCS. Down 20 to Doug Drabek entering the 9th, The decisive blow comes with two outs, as seldom-used 3rd-string C Francisco Cabrera drives in the tying and winning runs with a pinch-hit single. John Smoltz, who works six strong innings without a decision, is named the series MVP.
IN THE NEWS: C Damon Berryhill hits a 3-run home run in the 6th inning to give the Braves a 31 victory in Game one of the World Series. The pitching matchup of Tom Glavine and Jack Morris is the 1st time that a pair of 20game winners starts the opening game of a World Series since 1969. Glavine goes all the way for the win, while Joe Carter homers for the only Toronto run.
IN THE NEWS: The Blue Jays even the World Series with a 54 win over the Braves. Pinch-hitter Ed Sprague's 2run home run in the top of the 9th proves to be the margin of victory, marking just the 2nd time in World Series history that a 9th-inning home run turns a losing margin into a winning one. The other was Kirk Gibson's homer in the 1988 Series.
IN THE NEWS: The Blue Jays take the World Series lead with a 32 win over Atlanta on Candy Maldonado's basesloaded single in the 9th inning. Duane Ward gets credit for the victory in relief of Juan Guzman, and Joe Carter and Kelly Gruber homer for Toronto. In the 4th inning, Blue Jays' OF Devon White's sensational catch nearly results in a triple play. Atlanta OF Deion Sanders was ruled safe on the play, but replays show he should have been the 3rd out. Braves manager is ejected from the game in the 9th, becoming the 1st manager to be thrown out of a Series game since 1985. By starting in RF, Toronto's Carter becomes the 1st player to start the 1st three games of a World Series at three different positions. He started Game One at 1B and Game Two in LF.
IN THE NEWS: Toronto takes a 31 lead in the Series with a 21 victory in Game 4. Jimmy Key gets the victory and Pat Borders homers for the Blue Jays. It marks a record 10 straight post season games in which Toronto has hit a home run.
IN THE NEWS: The Blue Jays clinch their 1st World Series championship with a 43 win over Atlanta in Game 6. Dave Winfield's 2out, 2run double in the top of the 11th gives Toronto a 42 lead. The Braves score one run in the bottom half of the inning and have the tying run on 3rd when the final out is made. Jimmy Key wins the game in relief, and Candy Maldonado homers for the Blue Jays. Toronto C Pat Borders, with a .450 BA, is named Series MVP.