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From this morning's Boston Sunday Globe --

American League

East W L Pct. GB

BOSTON 46 33 .582 --
Baltimore 44 36 .550 2 1/2
Toronto 41 40 .506 6
New York 40 39 .506 6
Tampa Bay 27 54 .333 20

Is it too much to ask that the teams be placed in their proper position?

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Well, it looks better that

Well, it looks better that way.

Those of us that are

Those of us that are long-suffering Boston Fans have learned not to pay attention to early season standings. Last year notwithstanding, Boston's ability to pull off the September Flop is legendary.

After all, one data point does not a trend make.

Brandon, What is the fourth

Brandon,

What is the fourth number?

I don't know what I left out. TOR .50617(4th), NY .50633(3rd), both rounded to .506.

Regards, Don

What is the fourth number?

What is the fourth number?

Brandon, The fourth number

Brandon,

The fourth number in the table. The one that’s 20 for Tampa Bay.

GB = Games Behind

Regards, Don

The fourth number in the

The fourth number in the table. The one that's 20 for Tampa Bay.

My problem was that Toronto

My problem was that Toronto was ranked third and the Yankees were ranked fourth, even though Toronto had played two more games at a .500 percentage, below the .506 rounded overall percentages shown. Thus Toronto actually had a .50617 winning percentage, lower than New York's .50633 percentage, and should have been ranked fourth.

The exact same error was seen during Sunday's TV broadcast of the Red Sox game at Fenway Park when the standings scoreboard on the left field wall was displayed.