The evolution of Darwin and Starlin

New double-play combination gives crumbling Cubs strength up the middle

Updated: June 15, 2011, 12:31 PM ET
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

The best double-play partners anticipate each other's moves and generally behave as if they're joined at the hip. Or in this case, the flip.

Omar Vizquel and Roberto Alomar needed a warehouse for all their Web Gems in three seasons with Cleveland. And there's no better example of shortstop-second base synergy than Alan Trammell and Lou Whitaker, who were known as "Trammaker" through two decades together in Detroit.

The Cubs have some slick infield history of their own, ...

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