Games to play: 21

Games at home: 9

Games on road: 12

Current situation: The Blue Jays have baseball's most talented offensive lineup, but a volatile pitching situation has jeopardized their chances. Toronto has lost six in a row, including three straight to Oakland, but the schedule the rest of the way is not terribly challenging. If the Blue Jays can get well against the likes of California and Minnesota over the next 10 days, they'll be in good position to go head-to-head with the Orioles and Yankees at crunch time.

Key acquisition: Outfielder Rickey Henderson.

Key injuries: Starter Dave Stewart has been hampered by a groin injury, and Jack Morris has the same sore elbow that has bothered him all year.


Games to play: 21

Games at home: 9

Games on road: 12

Current situation: The Yankees have squandered a chance to take control of the American League East, losing seven of 10 games at a time when they could have overtaken the Blue Jays. They have been the most consistent team in the division throughout the 1993 season, but might face the most difficult schedule over the final three weeks of play. Sixteen of their remaining 21 games are against teams that are mathematically in contention.

Key acquisition: Reliever Lee Smith.

Key injury: Reliever Steve Farr is on the disabled list with a sore elbow, but the club responded decisively to fill the void with the acquisition of Smith.


Games to play: 22

Games at home: 13

Games on road: 9

Current situation: The Orioles have won nine of their past 10 games to move back into contention in the division, and the schedule seems to be in their favor. They open a three-game series tonight against a last-place Oakland Athletics club that is just 1-8 against Baltimore this year, then go on the road to play the Boston Red Sox (5-5 against the Orioles in '93), the Milwaukee Brewers (3-7) and the Cleveland Indians (3-7).

Key acquisitions: Third baseman Mike Pagliarulo and outfielder Lonnie Smith.

Key injuries: Closer Gregg Olson (elbow), starter Rick Sutcliffe (knee) and rookie outfielder Jeffrey Hammonds (neck).

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