BASEBALL

Offensively depleted Astros counting on comeback from Andy Pettitte • Starters with health concerns are key in NL Central

THE NBA

Supposedly soft Yao makes gains • 76ers' center could be key to turnaround • Growing pains for slam dunk champ

COLOR PHOTOPhotograph by Brad Mangin HIGH HOPES Vladimir Guerrero's Angels, who took their cuts against the Cubs last Sunday in Tempe, Ariz., are favored in the AL West.