SPORT: THE MILD CARD RACE

FOR THE FIRST TIME, SECOND-PLACE TEAMS WILL PLAY IN BASEBALL'S POSTSEASON--BUT FEW FANS CARE

IF BASEBALL STAGED AN EXCITING pennant race and nobody came, would it still make a noise? That philosophical question is being posed as the regular season dwindles toward its conclusion next Sunday. Thanks to the introduction of the sacrilege known as the wild card--the best second-place team in each league will join the three division winners in the postseason--clubs that would ordinarily be playing out the string are still scrambling for that last coveted, though maligned, seat. "We'll take it any way we can get it," says New York Yankee first baseman Don Mattingly, who can taste his first October in...

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