Even in the era of a no-brainer, the home run, there are elements
of the game that require calibration, cogitation and
chemistry--not to mention the right DNA. On the following pages,
we put turning two, leadoff hitting, baserunning and outfield
throwing under the microscope

COLOR PHOTO ILLUSTRATION: PHOTO ILLUSTRATIONS BY NITIN VADUKUL Instinct, improvisation and communication, rather than practice, make perfect for Cincinnati's double play duo of sure-handed Larkin (left) and light-on-his feet Reese.