Sport: Headaches

Last year on the September day when the Boston Braves clinched the National League pennant, Billy Southworth was quiet and thoughtful. The Boston press and the Braves management were calling him the smartest manager in baseball; he had done wonders with a team of youngsters and temperamental castoffs from other clubs. But Southworth was worried about the World Series (which the Braves lost in six games to the Cleveland Indians). Also, he wondered whether his Cinderella outfit would hold up this year.

It didn't. Injuries and ailments have harassed the Braves all season;...

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