Despite his recent struggles, Dice-K remains a front-office fave • A surprise Indians prospect cracks SI's dream rotation • The Royals have found their Papelbon
While the commissioner is cracking down on player misconduct, the Browns take a gamble on a corner with a troubled past • Four under-the-radar rookies who could hit it big
Ex--Cup champion Matt Kenseth quietly drives back into contention • Dale Jarrett's consecutive-starts streak comes to an end • No sophomore slump for Denny Hamlin
MORE CUBS AGONY Alfonso Soriano was struck in the wrist on a pickoff attempt by Washington righthander Jason Bergmann last Friday at Wrigley Field. His pain, however, was eased by the Cubs' three-game sweep of the Nationals, which lifted Chicago above .500.
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