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5 Questions: Willis Should Win NL Cy Young

Fri, 30 Sep 2005 11:06:05 EDT

1. Who should win the Cy Young in the National League?

5 Questions: White Sox Flirting With History

Fri, 23 Sep 2005 13:36:07 EDT

1. If the White Sox don't win the AL Central, will it be the worst collapse ever?

5 Questions: Could This Be the End of Torre's Run?

Fri, 16 Sep 2005 11:30:57 EDT

1. Is this the end of Joe Torre's run as Yankees manager?

5 Questions: What's With the M's and Steroids?

Fri, 09 Sep 2005 11:15:04 EDT

1. Why do the Mariners lead the league in steroid suspensions?

5 Questions: Kids Could Turn Wild-Card Race

Fri, 02 Sep 2005 15:39:04 EDT

1. Can two kids out of Class AA take the Marlins to the playoffs?

Wondering What Could Have Been

Mon, 29 Aug 2005 12:57:11 EDT

Watching this weekend it was hard not to imagine he was exactly what the Nationals were missing -- determined, scrappy, feisty. David Eckstein does nothing splendid on the field. He is not a great hitter, a gifted fielder, he doesn't seem fast. His throws often skip in the dirt.

5 Questions: Swoon Raises Doubts About Sox

Fri, 26 Aug 2005 11:15:03 EDT

1. Are the White Sox a postseason disaster looming?

5 Questions: Will Ryan Zimmerman Join the Nationals?

Fri, 19 Aug 2005 11:42:02 EDT

Five Questions

Royals' Streak May Take Robinson 'Off the Hook'

Thu, 18 Aug 2005 12:48:05 EDT

PHILADELPHIA -- It was a job he did not want. What manager with a firm grasp of his sanity and a legacy bronzed in Cooperstown takes on disaster six games into its season?

DH Has a New Look

Tue, 16 Aug 2005 13:06:09 EDT

It used to be they were the lumbering goliaths of the batting order, stepping out of the dugout only four times a game to strut to the plate, swing at a few pitches, maybe hit a home run, a double and then walk back their work complete. For years, the American League found a way to employee a dozen players who would otherwise be positionless by using them as designated hitters.

5 Questions: Is Felix Hernandez That Good?

Fri, 12 Aug 2005 11:42:01 EDT

1. How good can Felix Hernandez be?

Dodgers, Incredibly, Still Have Playoff Hopes

Thu, 04 Aug 2005 11:03:02 EDT

Deep beneath the RFK stands, in a room tucked behind the visitor's clubhouse, Dodgers Manager Jim Tracy is talking about a trade deadline that came and went, leaving his National League West as bad as when last weekend started.

5 Questions: Who's Moving This Weekend?

Fri, 29 Jul 2005 13:03:05 EDT

1. What happens to Phil Nevin now?

Young Braves Working to Recapture Aura

Thu, 28 Jul 2005 11:45:00 EDT

ATLANTA -- It felt like October here on Tuesday night, with the stands full and the hands waving in the air. Something has changed in this city grown ambivalent by winning baseball. They sense a vulnerability in their Braves.

5 Questions: Home Run Derby Hurts

Fri, 22 Jul 2005 11:27:08 EDT

Five questions:

Prospects Dwindled in Expos' Survival Game

Wed, 20 Jul 2005 13:54:09 EDT

They have made do without much, squeezing together a roster of players nobody wanted. But the bigger issue hovering over the franchise that used to be the Expos is survival.

5 Questions: Trade Market Seems a Little Thin

Fri, 15 Jul 2005 12:27:05 EDT

1. Who are some players out there that might be available in the coming weeks?

World Tournament Draws Shrugs From Players

Thu, 14 Jul 2005 14:42:02 EDT

DETROIT -- The idea hit Gary Sheffield like a fastball in the ribs. Leave spring training for an international baseball tournament? For games that mean nothing?

5 Questions: Padres Can Hold On; Will They?

Fri, 08 Jul 2005 12:48:02 EDT

1. Do the Padres have enough to hold on?

Pirates Not Sellers This Season

Thu, 30 Jun 2005 12:51:03 EDT

Trading Brian Giles hurt, so did Aramis Ramirez and Jason Schmidt. It hurt every time really. A baseball executive's job is to build, not tear down his team in an annual red tag sale.

5 Questions: First-Place Padres May Get Shut Out of All-Stars

Fri, 24 Jun 2005 13:08:10 EDT

1. Can a team be in first place at the All-Star break and not have a player on the All-Star team?

Nats Plug Along as NL East Powers Crumble

Wed, 22 Jun 2005 11:50:08 EDT

Even when the winning streak stopped, midnight didn't come for the Washington Nationals. They lost two in Texas, they dropped one in Pittsburgh and first place never fell away. Suddenly, the longer this goes on, winning the National League East doesn't seem so farfetched.

5 Questions: For Now at Least, Ohka a New Man

Fri, 17 Jun 2005 17:17:59 EDT

1. Will Tomo Ohka find new life away from Frank Robinson?

Bruised and Battered, Biggio Nears Record

Wed, 15 Jun 2005 13:37:00 EDT

BALTIMORE -- The ball hurts, Craig Biggio will make no claims otherwise. He should know; the Astros outfielder has taken fastballs off his arm, leg, back, head, backside and foot. He's been knocked to the ground, sent spinning in the dirt and wondered if a blazing pitch had irreparably disfigured his face.

5 Questions: Phils' Defensive Swap Will Help

Fri, 10 Jun 2005 12:54:02 EDT

1. Will Ugueth Urbina keep the Phillies in the race?

For Ex-Nat Vargas, Revenge Will Have to Wait

Thu, 09 Jun 2005 12:21:03 EDT

PHOENIX -- The Washington Nationals career of Claudio Vargas was spectacular only in its failure. His first start in RFK Stadium lasted only 1 1/3 innings. His last start for Washington went only an out longer. In between he wasn't much good either, giving up five runs in less than four innings in Toronto.

Larkin Helps Nats Develop Chemistry

Tue, 07 Jun 2005 11:29:14 EDT

The Nationals put 198 home runs and 379 stolen bases in the most social corner of their clubhouse, filling a gap in the vicinity of Jose Guillen, Cristian Guzman and Vinny Castilla. Barry Larkin sits in this space, sprawled across a folding chair, in shorts, a Nationals T-shirt and baseball socks rolled down around the ankles.

This May Be the Year the Braves Finally Falter

Fri, 03 Jun 2005 12:12:07 EDT

They can't ignore the past, it hangs above them on the façade of their own stadium. Thirteen pennants loom over the outfield, as the most tangible evidence of what the Atlanta Braves have been for the last decade and a half.

For Braves' Rookie, Hits Hard to Come By

Thu, 02 Jun 2005 17:02:15 EDT

This can't go on forever. One of these days the hits are going to come, Kelly Johnson is sure of this. They'll come in bunches, in crackling line drives and gentle little bloopers behind second base. They'll come so much he'll look back on this week, it's hopelessness and have a good laugh.

Devil Rays Fans Want to Fire Team's Owner

Fri, 27 May 2005 12:23:19 EDT

Can fans really fire an owner?

Borders Extends Major-League Career

Wed, 25 May 2005 13:47:18 EDT

BALTIMORE -- He would not ride quietly into the baseball autumn. Pat Borders gave the game a ride as a catcher through 10 big league seasons, saving his best performances for the biggest stage, once winning the MVP of the World Series.

For Chavez, Starting Over Can Cure All Ills

Fri, 20 May 2005 13:00:01 EDT

PHILADELPHIA -- Endy Chavez was in Sacramento playing minor league baseball when the Washington Nationals finally gave up on him. This made things logistically difficult because everything he owns in his life was packed into three suitcases back in New Orleans where the Nationals banished him before the season started.

Best Voice in Baseball? Let Arguments Begin

Wed, 18 May 2005 14:33:03 EDT

The golden voice of 56 baseball summers sang to Curt Smith on Pennsylvania Avenue one autumn night. The World Series was going on, and after a late evening at the White House, where he was a speechwriter for the first president named George Bush, Smith jumped in his car, turned on the radio, and Vin Scully was on the air.

O's Try to Hang On to Elusive Chemistry

Wed, 11 May 2005 14:41:59 EDT

BALTIMORE -- This was before all the bad news came spilling down, back when the Orioles still seemed on top of the world and the dugout was filled with journalists from all over the country ready to document the amazing rise of the most unlikely division leader. Manager Lee Mazzilli leaned back on the dugout bench, looked at the field and said he loved what his team has become.

How Much Can Piniella Take?

Tue, 03 May 2005 10:57:01 EDT

BALTIMORE -- He never suffered the losing well. In the old days, after especially tough defeats, Lou Piniella would barricade himself in his office, refusing to open the door, shutting himself to the reality that burned on the scoreboard on the field outside.