2005 MLB Spring Training

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WINNING SPIRIT: Son’s death, other trials don’t shake Borland’s faith

JUPITER, Fla. (BP)--With his 4-year-old son Blaise dying of brain cancer, St. Louis Cardinals’ minor league pitcher Toby Borland had just one wish.

WINNING SPIRIT: Cardinals’ Eldred places high priority on family

JUPITER, Fla. (BP)--Cal Eldred grew up with five siblings, so he learned a lot about big families. It’s a good thing, because the St. Louis Cardinals’ relief pitcher and his wife Christi have five children of their own.

WINNING SPIRIT: Home group a blessing for Maroth during off season

LAKELAND, Fla. (BP)--Church involvement during the season is practically non-existent for baseball players. So Detroit Tigers pitcher Mike Maroth wanted to make the most of the time he had during the winter.

WINNING SPIRIT: Astros rookie Burke welcomes trying situation

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (BP)--Chris Burke has done everything he can to win the Houston Astros’ second base job.

WINNING SPIRIT: Astros’ Ensberg learns from Piper, MacArthur

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (BP)--Video games may be a popular diversion for baseball players when they're away from home. But for Houston Astros third baseman Morgan Ensberg, his free time is spent in more substantive ways.

WINNING SPIRIT: Marlins’ pitcher seeks to live a godly life

JUPITER, Fla. (BP)--His teammates may be out after games going to popular night spots, but you won't find Florida Marlins pitcher Todd Jones there.

WINNING SPIRIT: Marlins chaplain goes the extra mile for players

ORLANDO, Fla. (BP)--Florida Marlins pitcher Tim Spooneybarger and team chaplain Chris Lane are standing at a practice facility talking about family, dogs and the condition of Spooneybarger's arm, which still hurts after two years of rehab.

WINNING SPIRIT: Braves’ Reitsma seeks to follow God’s will

ORLANDO, Fla. (BP)--Chris Reitsma will acknowledge that baseball can be an all-consuming pursuit.