Prospects facing make-or-break years

<p>Casey worked the victory parade in the afterglow, guiding team buses as they snaked toward Grant Park. "I could've died happy right there," she says. "We started at 4 in the morning. It's pitch-black, all the buildings still say, 'Go Cubs; Cubs win.'"</p>
<p>Burrell starred as a third baseman at Miami, where he won the Golden Spikes award—the most prestigious in amateur baseball—in 1998, the same year that he was chosen with the first pick. He began his minor league career as a first baseman, picking up leftfield as he rose through the ranks, and debuted on May 24, 2000. He hit 18 homers to go with a .260/.359/.463 line for the Phillies, Wholesale Jerseys China who lost 97 games that year—their seventh straight losing season. But with Rollins joining the lineup the next year and with Burrell bopping 27 homers, the team improved to 86–76. Though Philadelphia would dip to 80–81 in 2002—when Burrell set a career high with 37 homers—it would finish above .500 in all six of Burrell's remaining years with the club, winning the NL East in 2007 and then the World Series over the Rays the following year. From 2001 to '08, Burrell averaged 29 homers per year and hit .257/.368/.487 for a 120 OPS+; a patient hitter who battled deep into counts, cheap NFL Jerseys he offset his 142 strikeouts with 90 walks per year during that stretch.</p><p>She closed the bar at midnight. Outside people were singing in the streets. The staff had a round of vodka sodas to celebrate. "I mean, you never know what's going to happen," she said. "I can tell you as a Cubs fan, I never do. We don't know what it means to be successful like that. Let's just see what happens. Let's enjoy being good."</p><p>Lovullo on D-backs' roster Lovullo discusses the talent on D-backs' rosterD-Backs skipper Torey Lovullo breaks down the talent on the roster as he begins his first season as manager</p>
<p>With the possibility of those four options to handle late-inning work, along with Carlos Estevez, the Rockies may have the pieces to contend. They have a balanced and explosive lineup, built around Charlie Blackmon, Carlos Gonzalez, Nolan Arenado and Wholesale NFL Jerseys Trevor Story. Ordoñez came back strong in 2007, winning the AL batting title by hitting .363/.434/.595; his on-base percentage ranked second in the league, his slugging percentage and 166 OPS+ were both fourth, and his career-best 7.3 WAR was third. He finished second in that year’s AL MVP voting behind Alex Rodriguez. The following winter, The New York Times reported that Jose Canseco tried to shake Ordoñez down, allegedly threatening to include him in Vindicated—his follow-up to Juiced—unless he invested money in a movie project that Canseco was promoting. Ordoñez did not invest, and when Vindicated was published in the spring, Canseco claimed to have injected him with PEDs in 2001, when the two players were teammates.</p>Staal returns after being kicked in face by skate, Washington WR John Ross is the key to exploiting Alabama's w, Jaylen Samuels' three touchdowns push NC State past Vanderbilt,





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