ATLANTA - Just 17 years after Turner Field opened, it looks as though the stadium affectionately known as "the Ted" is headed for extinction.
ATLANTA - Since losing four straight World Series games to the New York Yankees four years ago, the postseason has rarely worked out the way it's scripted on Hank Aaron Drive.
NEW YORK -- He already is a Yankee great - right now, a very banged up Yankee great. For Derek Jeter these days, it's tape up the shoulder, tape up the hip, tape up the foot, pack ice around so many body parts that he looks like a creature from a horror film. "I've been asked several times about his physical well being," manager Joe Torre was saying Wednesday afternoon. "I'm sure he's not 100 percent, but he would be the last one to use that as an excuse.
HOUSTON - With his first step out of the Enron Field batter's box and into postseason lore Tuesday afternoon, Chipper Jones' mind went blank. This was a moment to be savored, his three-run home run in the eighth inning wiping out an Astros lead, but the All-Star third baseman was zoning out. "I was numb to everything," Jones said after the Braves' 7-4 win in Game 1 of the best-of-five Division Series. "I was so jacked up, so ecstatic that I came through, I really didn't have a chance to think about anything."
...not yet complete. In a way, it's only beginning. Smoltz, who hasn't pitched for the Atlanta Braves since the 1999 World Series, returns to the mound Thursday night against the Colorado Rockies. Patience - never one of Smoltz's strongest...
...I've always had a passion for pitching, but it had been diminished," said Smoltz, who last pitched in the 1999 World Series. "Now, my elbow feels so good it's hard to hide those feelings." The last time he pitched without experiencing...
NEW YORK -- World Series TV ratings have rebounded through two games after record lows in 1998. NBC posted a 15.7 overnight rating and a 24 share for Sunday night's Game 2 between the New York Yankees and Atlanta Braves, up 10 percent from last year's Yankees-San Diego Padres second game. The average overnight mark for the two games is 15.4, an increase of 7 percent from a 14.4 in 1998. Last year's World Series, a four-game sweep by the Yankees, was the lowest rated with a 14.1 national mark.
ATLANTA -- By a 2-1 margin, most people think Pete Rose should be reinstated to baseball, even though many believe he did gamble on his sport, according to an Associated Press poll. Fifty-six percent of those surveyed said Rose should be reinstated, while 29 percent said he should not, according to the poll, conducted for the AP by ICR of Media, Pa.
NEW YORK -- Toronto general manager Gord Ash hopes to complete a trade for Roger Clemens this week. The five-time Cy Young Award winner has asked the Blue Jays to move him to a contender or closer to home, and Toronto said it will comply. The New York Yankees, Houston Astros and Texas Rangers are thought to be the top contenders, with the Cleveland Indians and Atlanta Braves also in the mix. Ash said six-to-eight teams are serious contenders, but wouldn't identify them.
ATLANTA - John Smoltz has gone six years between postseason starts. Yet he'll face the same pitcher, Roger Clemens, in Game 2 of the National League Division Series today as he did the last time he started a playoff game.