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April 01, 2013

Baseball Preview 2013

44 Generation K

Gone are the days when there was shame in striking out

BY TOM VERDUCCI

50 The Rays Way

No franchise better identifies and develops quality pitchers

BY TOM VERDUCCI

58 The Nationals

This year's Series favorite looks a lot like the one from '86

BY TOM VERDUCCI

62 5-Minute Guide

A quick jog around the base path of 2013 story lines

68 Scouting Reports

The skinny on all 30 teams, plus SI's projected standings

112 The Best Player You Never Saw

Remembering Brian Cole

BY MICHAEL MCKNIGHT

MARCH MADNESS

32 Michigan

SI had exclusive access for the first weekend to Trey Burke and the Wolverines—a team talented enough to win it all

BY MICHAEL ROSENBERG

World, meet Florida Gulf Coast

39 Vegas Diary: Book It, Dude

On the Strip for 32 NCAA tournament games over 48 hours, the bros get together and bet their hearts out

BY RICHARD HOFFER

DEPARTMENTS

4 SI Digital

6 Leading Off

12 The Mail

15 Scorecard

Double standard at Texas?

27 Just My Type

Brian Urlacher moves on

BY DAN PATRICK

28 Faces in the Crowd

120 Point After

Cinderelly, Cinderelly ...

BY STEVE RUSHIN

SI HAS REGIONAL COVERS THIS WEEK

Photo Illustration by SI Imaging: Photographs by Walter Iooss Jr. for Sports Illustrated (Strasburg, Sabathia, Verlander); Robert Beck/Sports Illustrated (Kershaw, Shields); Robert Seale for Sports Illustrated (Price); Patrick Strattner/fstop/Corbis (Glass)

PHOTOEVAN HABEEB/US PRESSWIRE (STRASBURG)OVER THE TOP Ace Stephen Strasburg is ready to shoulder a bigger load for the Nats. PHOTOJOHN BIEVER FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (MICHIGAN) PHOTO

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Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)