Bob Melvin (Arizona) - Charlie Manuel (Phils) - Clint Hurdle (Colorado) - Piniella: 1-2-3-4.
Wedge wins in AL:
From the Sun-Times
. Lou's observations on 2007 and beyond:
" ..... ''I think the players there carry the burden of all those teams that haven't gone to the World Series,'' Piniella said when asked about the reasons for a championship drought that could reach the century mark next October. ''I wasn't aware of that, but I sensed it during the course of the year.
''And there's no need for it. Every year it's a new year, a unique year. And you learn from the past, but you don't dwell on it. But I think maybe because of the media harping on this, there's always a constant reminder that the team hasn't won in so long. It puts a burden on the players. ..... "
" ..... ''We're close,'' said Piniella, who hopes to have a quicker team and at least one run-producing left-handed bat in his lineup by next season.
''We've got a nice ballclub. From an offensive standpoint, we just need to diversify a little bit and get away from trying to win with home-run balls. ... How close are we? We're not that far away from being one of the top two or three teams [in the National League].'' ..... "