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Houston creating problem for Chicago

The Cubs need to keep pace with the Astros, who have recently brought in Andy Pettitte and Roger Clemens.

Updated: January 14, 2004, 9:12 AM ET
By By Jim Baker | MLB Insider
  • Clemens, Pettitte, Oswalt, Prior, Wood -- perhaps even Greg Maddux. That's a lot of fame and talent focused on two teams. Rick Hummell of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch will not concede the National League Central division race to either Houston or Chicago just yet. There are still the lineups to consider. He argues that no team in the division can boast a quartet as talented as the Cards' Albert Pujols, Edgar Renteria, Scott Rolen and Jim Edmonds.

  • In the northeast, the Yankees and Red Sox spent the early part of the 2003-04 offseason singing Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better. Now the song has shifted to the Midwest where the Astros and Cubs are upping the ante with some key signings. Jay Mariotti of the Chicago Sun-Times writes that the pressure is on the Cubs to keep pace with the Astros, who have recently brought in Andy Pettitte and Roger Clemens.

  • Are you tired of athletes leaving behind their careers in dramatic fashion with all the attendant hoopla only to have them say "never mind" later on? Rob Parker sure is. Read his thoughts on the subject in today's Detroit News.
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