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GOLF PLUS

'TIS THE MIDSEASON

THAT'S RIGHT. THE NEW WRAPAROUND SCHEDULE PUSHED UP THE START OF THE YEAR BY THREE MONTHS, SO EVEN WITH THE MASTERS A COUPLE OF WEEKS AWAY, IT'S TIME TO HAND OUT SOME HARDWARE

By Alan Shipnuck

Sal's Corner

By Sal Johnson

MY BAG: Padraig Harrington

By Rob Sauerhaft

THE MAIL

THE MAIL

2014 BASEBALL PREVIEW

The Top Tier

Forget past performance, ignore future potential. SI's preseason All-Star team is built with the best in the business right now

By Joe Sheehan

Precious Mettle

By Tom Verducci

Bullpen Sanity

By Joe Sheehan

The Power Gap

Slugging is in shorter supply than it once was—especially from the righthanded side of the plate. From amateur levels up to the major leagues, hitting coaches and talent evaluators are searching for new ways to bridge ...

By Tom Verducci

Long Story Short

By Cliff Corcoran

Seventeen Years Ago A Chain Reaction ...

By Ben Reiter

The Molina Way

Why is Yadier Molina the game's best catcher, a lethal force with his glove and his bat? Because when you come up in the first family of squatting, you have to stand out somehow.

By Ben Reiter

Career Catchers

By Jay Jaffe

Frame And Fortune

The Molina brothers are masters of catching's dark art: turning balls into strikes. Yes, pitch framing is a skill. And, yes, those phantom calls are quantified—especially by the Rays, who have two of the game's sneakiest receivers

By Albert Chen

Island of Opportunity

Cuban players have been migrating to the U.S. for two decades, but the trickle has become a flood—since 2009, 30 defectors have signed with big league teams. The result: a vibrant Cuban subculture in clubhouses around the majors—and a growing sense that the country's talent pool is deeper than anyone thought

Béisbol Prospectus

By Eric Nusbaum

Welcome to The Cano Show

Signing a megadeal with a franchise fighting to stay relevant makes a slugger's job description a whole lot more complicated—especially when you're the first client of Jay Z's new sports agency. Robinson, the Mariners are now yours

By Greg Bishop

Chemistry Deniers

By Jay Jaffe

Advance Report

MVPs on the rebound, rookie managers, the growing youth movement—and other things to look for in '14

Scouting Reports

By Tom Verducci

No. 1 RAYS

No. 2 ATHLETICS

No. 3 TIGERS

No. 4 RED SOX

NO. 5 RANGERS

No. 6 ROYALS

No. 7 YANKEES

No. 8 INDIANS

No. 9 ANGELS

No. 10 ORIOLES

No. 11 MARINERS

No. 12 BLUE JAYS

No. 13 WHITE SOX

No. 14 TWINS

No. 15 ASTROS

No. 1 DODGERS

No. 2 CARDINALS

No. 3 NATIONALS

No. 4 GIANTS

No. 5 REDS

No. 6 BRAVES

No. 7 PADRES

No. 8 PIRATES

No. 9 DIAMONDBACKS

No. 10 BREWERS

No. 11 ROCKIES

No. 12 METS

No. 13 PHILLIES

No. 14 MARLINS

No. 15 CUBS

POINT AFTER

Pitching Changes

By Latroy Hawkins

Departments

Leading Off

One and Fun

After a period of fan fatigue, March Madness is reaching new levels of insanity, thanks to some good fortune, more viewing choices and many early departures

By Michael Rosenberg

Tracking The Bison

A mom's 1,200-mile trek

By George Dohrmann

WATERED DOWN

WHY COVERING A LOGO MATTERS MORE THAN COVERING A GAME

By Joan Niesen

SWEET 16 / MASCOT BRACKET

HOT | NOT

Social Space

The media highlights and lowlights of the tournament's opening weekend

By Richard Deitsch

Flyer Ball

DAYTON TIED FOR FIFTH IN THE ATLANTIC 10, MAKING ITS TRIP TO MEMPHIS EVEN SWEETER

By Dan Greene

SCOUTS' TAKE

How much does one game influence a GM?

By Chris Mannix

Believe the Hype

Kentucky's vaunted freshman have grown into a real championship threat

By Luke Winn

The Case for ... Quinton Sawyer

By Lindsay Schnell

Faces in the Crowd

Edited By Alexandra Fenwick

A Good Walk Recalled

By Alexandra Fenwick

Just My Type

By Interview By Dan Patrick