Yanks team to beat

Apr 2, 2002 11:12 AM

The New York Yankees open the season with just one thing on their mind ”” get to the World Series and win it.

The Bronx Bombers open their home schedule with Andy Pettitte, El Duque and Roger Clemens on the hill. Three victories.

Here are some other opening week series:

Twins at Jays: Minnesota will try to carry over from last year with the strong pitching of Joe Mays, Eric Milton and Brad Radke. Edge, Twins.

BoSox at O’s: Boston is a major threat to go all the way. A healthy Pedro Martinez and the acquisition of Dustin Hermanson and John Burkett could make that happen. Edge, Sox.

ChiSox at Royals: KC is no longer a doormat, however the White Sox hitting has picked up considerably. Todd Ritchie from Pittsburgh and Mark Guthrie will make Sox tough. Edge, Sox.

Indians at Tigers: Detroit has regressed while the Indians are a major threat to make the playoffs. Sabathia and Âí­Colon head an improved pitching staff, and the return to form of Chuck Finley make the Tribe a toughie. Edge, Âí­Indians.

Angels at Rangers: Texas is over-rated. Anaheim could be tougher than last year. Kevin Appier, Ramon Ortiz and Scott Schoenweis make Angels a dangerous opponent. Edge, Angels.

Mets at Braves: These two will go down to the wire fighting for first place in the NL East. Braves win first round with Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and John Smoltz. Edge, Braves.

Expos at Reds: Cincinnati expects to turn things around with Elmer Dessens, Chris Reitsma and Scott Sullivan. Edge, Reds.

Marlins at Phils: Philadelphia won’t sneak up on the opposition this year. Going with A.J. Burnett, Matt Clement and Ryan Dempster to make it difficult for Philly early. Edge, Marlins.

D’Backs at Brewers: Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling pick up where they left off last year. Edge, D’backs.

Pirates at Cubs: Chicago is a definite pennant threat if healthy. The pitching trio of Kerry Wood, Kyle Farnsworth and Jon Lieber makes the Cubs formidable. Edge, Cubs.

Cards at Astros: St. Louis is the team to fear in the NL Central. Look for a big start. Edge, Cards.

Padres at Giants: San Âí­Diego is the team that can do damage in the NL West. The Giants are too old. Edge, Âí­Padres.

Rockies at Dodgers: Los Angeles is no threat, but at home. Colorado can hit, but nothing else. Edge, Dodgers.