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At present, Sox, 'Stros not built to succeed

The Astros and Red Sox have enjoyed playoff success in the recent past but will be hard-pressed to do so again in 2006.

Originally Published: February 13, 2006
By Bob Klapisch | Special to ESPN.com

Not a day goes by without another news alert from the Roger Clemens-watch -- which could be the difference between the U.S. prevailing or getting smoked in the World Baseball Classic. But the real intrigue begins in April (or May), which will impact the two 2005 playoff teams most in need of Clemens' fastball this summer.

Baseball executives speak with one voice when they say that without Clemens, the Astros are doomed as a wild-card entry, let alone finishing second in the National ...

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