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REDBIRDS STAY ALIVE AS SUTTON STARS

Larry Sutton homered twice in Memphis' 13-hit attack as the Redbirds beat the Indianapolis Indians, 11-4, and staved off elimination in the Triple-A World Series in Las Vegas.

The Indians still hold a 2-1 advantage in the best-of-five series that continues with Game Four tonight at Cashman Field.

Trailing, 2-0, in the bottom of the fourth, the Redbirds scored four times off Indianapolis starter Allen Levrault with a two-out rally highlighted by Luis Garcia's two-run triple.

Directors of the 30 Triple-A teams meeting in conjunction with the Series unanimously voted on changes to the postseason format Wednesday and announced the Series will return to Las Vegas in 2001.

Next year will be a best-of-three format running over one weekend (Sept. 14-16). The first three Triple-A championships have been best-of-five. The Buffalo Bisons played in the 1998 inaugural, losing in four games to New Orleans.

Teams that qualify will have a better chance of keeping their regular players as the Triple-A season will end a week earlier. To accomplish this early finish, the International League and Pacific Coast League will shorten their first-round series to best-of-three. League championships remain best-of-five.

After 2001, the Triple-A leagues will establish a process for possible rotation of the Series site in future years.

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