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Key dates

TUESDAY: Opening day. Active rosters must be reduced to 25 players.

MAY 1: First day teams may sign their former players who became free agents and did not sign before the Jan. 8 deadline.

JULY 8: All-Star game, Cleveland.

JULY 31: Last day to trade a player without securing waivers.

AUG. 31: Deadline for post-season rosters.

SEPT. 1: Active rosters increased to 40 players.

SEPT. 30: First-round playoffs begin.

OCT. 7: League championship series begin.

OCT. 18: World Series begins, city of NL champion.

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1996 AL top 10

BATTING

G AB R H Pct.

ARodriguez Sea 146 601 141 215 .358

FThomas ChW 141 527 110 184 .349

Knoblauch Min 153 578 140 197 .341

Molitor Min 161 660 99 225 .341

Greer Tex 139 542 96 180 .332

Nilsson Mil 123 453 81 150 .331

RAlomar Bal 153 588 132 193 .328

EMartinez Sea 139 499 121 163 .327

MVaughn Bos 161 635 118 207 .326

Seitzer Cle 154 573 85 187 .326

HOME RUNS

McGwire, Oakland, 52; ByAnderson, Baltimore, 50; Griffey Jr, Seattle, 49; Belle, Cleveland, 48; JGonzalez, Texas, 47; MVaughn, Boston, 44; Buhner, Seattle, 44.

RUNS BATTED IN

Belle, Cleveland, 148; JGonzalez, Texas, 144; MVaughn, Boston, 143; RPalmeiro, Baltimore, 142; Griffey Jr, Seattle, 140; Buhner, Seattle, 138; FThomas, Chicago, 134.

PITCHING (18 decisions)

Nagy, Cleveland, 17-5, .773; Pettitte, New York, 21-8, .724; DOliver, Texas, 14-6, .700; Hentgen, Toronto, 20-10, .667; Pavlik, Texas, 15-8, .652; Mussina, Baltimore, 19-11, .633; BWells, Seattle, 12-7, .632.

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1996 NL top 10

BATTING

G AB R H Pct.

Gwynn SD 116 451 67 159 .353

Burks Col 156 613 142 211 .344

Piazza LA 148 547 87 184 .336

LJohnson NYM 160 682 117 227 .333

Grace ChC 142 547 88 181 .331

Caminiti SD 146 546 109 178 .326

EYoung Col 141 568 113 184 .324

Gilkey NYM 153 571 108 181 .317

Bagwell Hou 162 568 111 179 .315

Sheffield Fla 161 519 118 163 .314

HOME RUNS

Galarraga, Colorado, 47; Sheffield, Florida, 42; Bonds, San Francisco, 42; Hundley, New York, 41; Castilla, Colorado, 40; Sosa, Chicago, 40; Caminiti, San Diego, 40; Burks, Colorado, 40.

RUNS BATTED IN

Galarraga, Colorado, 150; Bichette, Colorado, 141; Caminiti, San Diego, 130; Bonds, San Francisco, 129; Burks, Colorado, 128; Bagwell, Houston, 120; Sheffield, Florida, 120.

PITCHING (18 decisions)

Smoltz, Atlanta, 24-8, .750; RMartinez, Los Angeles, 15-6, .714; IValdes, Los Angeles, 15-7, .682; AnBenes, St. Louis, 18-10, .643; Neagle, Atlanta, 16-9, .640; Gardner, San Francisco, 12-7, .632; Hamilton, San Diego, 15-9, .625.

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New managers

There were less than a half-dozen off-season managerial changes, including Jim Leyland, who left Pittsburgh of his own accord. And he is the only one inheriting a good team.

Name New team Old job

Terry Collins Angels Astros manager

Larry Dierker Astros Astros broadcaster

Gene Lamont Pirates Pirates coach

Jim Leyland Marlins Pirates manager

Jimy Williams Bosox Braves coach

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