Tonight, the American League series begins with those battling Alomars, Sandy and Roberto, facing off against each other as Cleveland meets Baltimore.
Meaningless statistic of the week: The last time Atlanta lost the opening game of a National League Championship Series — to Philadelphia in 1993 — they also lost the series. Normally, this wouldn't worry Braves fans. But throw in the fact that they are playing a Florida Marlins team that gave them fits during the regular season, and there was a lot more than Georgia on the minds of the 49,000-plus at Turner Field last night. The Braves kicked the ball around like a little league team as Atlanta lost 5-3 to the Marlins even though Braves starter Greg Maddux didn't give up an earned run.