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Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Updated: May 17, 4:22 PM ET
Baseball Sudoku

By ESPN Books
Special to Page 2

Click here to buy "ESPN Baseball Sudoku " by Michael Solomon

It was meant to be.

Nine boxes in a sudoku grid, nine players on a baseball field, hence baseball sudoku.

The principles for solving these 9x9 puzzles are the same as those for traditional sudoku, except that in baseball sudoku, the numbers 1 to 9 are replaced by the starting positions on a baseball lineup: P, C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, LF, CF and RF.

And as in classic sudoku, there is only one basic rule to remember:
Each horizontal row, vertical column and 3x3 grid must contain every baseball position without repeating.

It's that simple. No math is required. No baseball knowledge. Just pure logic. And because each baseball sudoku puzzle has only one solution, guessing will not be helpful. Just print it out and scribble away.

Puzzle No.1: Little League

Check for the answers and a new puzzle on Page 2 tomorrow!