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April 06, 2009 | Volume 110, Issue 14

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CC Sabathia Cover - Sports Illustrated April 06, 2009

April 06, 2009 | Tom Verducci
Thanks to a glossy new pen, the season will end happily in late, not early, October

April 06, 2009 | Mark Bechtel
The defending world champs made few changes but found room for a steady 36-year-old

April 06, 2009 | Joe Lemire
The erstwhile powerhouse has lost some of its mojo but not its ability to farm talent

April 06, 2009 | Mark Bechtel
All those mashers and good young arms—and, alas, so few guys who can catch the ball

April 06, 2009 | Joe Lemire
There's a surplus of players at some spots but a dreadful shortage of talent and hope

April 06, 2009 | Ted Keith
For the first time since 1908 (drum roll) the Cubs will go to the playoffs for a third straight year

April 06, 2009 | Jon Heyman
The offense will again put up crooked numbers, but the rotation took a monster hit

April 06, 2009 | Tom Verducci
The skipper's sleight of hand can't compensate for a lack of lefty starters and a shaky pen

April 06, 2009 | Ted Keith
A pair of young power hitters are being counted on to lead the team back into contention

April 06, 2009 | Joe Lemire
The few stars would be best used as trading chips to replenish a depleted farm

April 06, 2009 | Albert Chen
A 17th straight losing season awaits a club with no pop and a regressing young rotation

April 06, 2009 | Jon Heyman
Manny brings the fear in a lineup that's as good as it gets—now about that pitching

April 06, 2009 | Jonah Freedman
Their young hitters are the envy of the game, but they whiff too much to win big

April 06, 2009 | Lee Jenkins
Not too many pitches get past a rookie third baseman whose overactive bat is much needed

April 06, 2009 | Jonah Freedman
After his rocky season, an infield phenom is eager to prove he's all grown up

April 06, 2009 | Albert Chen
Lack of talent, more than the size of the home yard, explains a sudden downturn

April 06, 2009 | Phil Taylor
WHAT KIND of man...? So many of the questions you have for Micah Grimes begin that way. What kind of man looks at 100--0 on a scoreboard and sees nothing wrong? What kind of man can lay his head...

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April 06, 2009 | Seth Davis
One shining moment 30 years ago helped create today's bracket craze

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April 06, 2009
Which NCAA men's basketball coach, other than your own, would you most like to play for?

April 06, 2009
At age 86, Hall of Fame third baseman . The redhead from Swifton, Ark., hit .306 for five teams over a 15-year career. Kell was one of the most difficult hitters to strike out: In 1949, when he...

April 06, 2009
On how his golf game has changed now that he's 73:

April 06, 2009
On Reading to Succeed Night at the Target Center, the Timberwolves handed out posters with their nickname spelled W-O-V-E-S.

April 06, 2009 | E.M. Swift
The U.S. will pin its 2010 skating hopes on a man

April 06, 2009 | E.M. Swift
Consecutive games lost by the Grizzlies in Sacramento before last Friday's 113--95 win, a streak that lasted 11 years.

April 06, 2009 | Melissa Segura
delivers the goods on a neglected cinematic topic

April 06, 2009 | Joe Lemire
Gerald Henderson wouldn't have shot 1 for 14 from the field in the Blue Devils' regional semifinal loss to Villanova at Boston's Garden if he'd been inspired by a visual reminder of the NBA title...

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What smart fans should do this week

April 06, 2009
Eveland finds Martin, the lead singer of an eight-time Grammy winner, insufferable: "I really hate Coldplay." What disturbs Montoya is the brutal sport that dates to the 12th century in Spain and...

April 06, 2009 | As told to Sarah Kwak
The new host of learned sports the new-fashioned way

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Young, a 46-year-old loan officer and the world's top middle-distance runner in the 45--49 age group, set the world age-group indoor record in the 1,500 meters (3:57.91) at the USA Indoor Track...

April 06, 2009
retired in 2007, tennis broadcaster Mary Carillo described the affable Belgian as "Pocahontas's best friend; she was always level-headed, sensible, friendly and stayed clear of pettiness. She was...

April 06, 2009 | Dan Patrick

April 06, 2009 | TIM LAYDEN
As the physical play increases with the stakes, four bruising—and bruised—teams arrive for a showdown in Motown, determined to be the last men standing

April 06, 2009 | Kelli Anderson
With a roster full of instate players, one team will have a distinct home court advantage at Detroit's Ford Field

April 06, 2009
SI asked assistant coaches who had faced an '09 Final Four team to share their insights about its offense, defense and difference-maker

April 06, 2009 | DAMON HACK
If wins the Grand Slam this year, he'll catch the Bear at the same time. After his scintillating victory at Bay Hill, Woods is primed for Augusta

April 06, 2009 | DAMON HACK
—TIGER WOODS

April 06, 2009 | DAMON HACK
BREAKING NEWS, REAL-TIME SCORES AND DAILY ANALYSIS.

April 06, 2009 | MIKE ADAMS
TIGER WOODS'S SWING has changed dramatically in 14 years. Near the end of his amateur career, in 1995, Woods, then 19, had a hard draw and a strong grip, a long and loose motion, a steep plane and...

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April 06, 2009 | S.L. PRICE
Everything about CC Sabathia's new life comes in extra large—his bank account, a city's expectations, his pinstripes—but it all pales in size next to this: the man's heart

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April 06, 2009 | ALBERT CHEN
Statistical models, that is. Systems for analyzing defensive play are feeding the new rage in the poststeroid era—run prevention. Teams are investing big money not only in slick fielders but also...

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When the Mets and the Angels last met, in June 2008, New York was plagued by controversy and infighting, a .500 team in the midst of firing manager Willie Randolph. However, when the speedy Jose...

April 06, 2009 | Ben Reiter
Along with remaking their rotation, they've lightened the mood in the clubhouse

April 06, 2009 | Ben Reiter
Dollar for dollar, no team had a better off-season—but it will only pay off with the wild card

April 06, 2009 | Mark Bechtel
Priming a rookie for a chance to succeed worked last year; it will happen again in '09

April 06, 2009 | Tom Verducci
The call-up of all the talent is a ways off, but believing things will get better has its rewards

April 06, 2009 | Ted Keith
Maybe not this season, but 21-year-old Travis Snider is headed for slugging stardom

April 06, 2009 | Ben Reiter
A keen scouting eye, an attention to fundamentals and a few stars are enough

April 06, 2009 | Jon Heyman

April 06, 2009 | Jonah Freedman

April 06, 2009 | Joe Lemire
A big shift in philosophy for a lineup that was supposed to make history with its bats

April 06, 2009 | Joe Posnanski

April 06, 2009 | Lee Jenkins
Brian Fuentes brings a new angle to a filthy pitching staff that'll play well in October

April 06, 2009 | Lee Jenkins
As it did 10 years ago, the club can lay the foundation for a pennant contender

April 06, 2009 | Joe Posnanski
They'll light up a scoreboard, and so too will opponents, but young arms are coming

April 06, 2009 | Albert Chen
In a soft division anything is possible, but the smart money says: Start rebuilding