Rain out in Baltimore

Schill Takes the Hill on Hump Day

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Aggressive Ace Will Keep Streak Alive,
But is He Dressed to the Nines Tonight?


Baltimore Takes Batting Practice Off Wake

(Sox-O's Luckily Washed Out; Tim Still Hurting)

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Hip Check: Did Tito Slip Up Pitching Pedro on Wet Mound with 10-0 Lead?


Gammo Offers up Some Well Known Gems

"Tanyon Sturtze did put a headlock on an unsuspecting Gabe Kapler, but contrary to hysterical reporting, David Ortiz was trying to pull Sturtze off Kapler." (Is that how the Yankees' Bob Watson will see it Pete?)

"People don't understand that Terry Francona is managing a team where the three star players are, well, different. The Boston Herald's esteemed columnist Howard Bryant reported that Manny Ramirez was upset at being called out by his manager, and thus sat out games. Pedro goes on his own schedule. Garciaparra, who never has wanted to be a vocal leader, is embittered by his war with ownership, right down to being upset with his use in a movie made about Red Sox fans, which led to his being taken out of all promotions for the film." (Nothing new here. Nomar is known to run up to John Henry's office to complain if someone says "hello" to him during fielding practice. It's been beyond ridiculous for quite some time)

"Kevin Millar's streak began when he conceded he needed to make changes the previous Monday in Seattle. "I had to spread out," says Millar, "and stop popping everything out. I was watching that Miguel Olivo hit and said, 'that's what I need to do.' And it worked. Some guys copy Barry Bonds or Albert Pujols; I copied Miguel Olivo." (Nonsense. It started when he told third-generation fans they suck and to stop dropping $200 a night at Fenway 'cause he knows how this works having been in Boston for a year and a half)

"The starting rotation may not be as bad as it currently looks -- if Kevin Brown and/or Mike Mussina come back and Orlando Hernandez pitches as well as he has; El Duque says he feels better than he has in four years." (Oops, Pete spoke too soon, El Duque left the game in the second inning last night with tightness in his left hamstring)

Read Peter Gammons notes on ESPN.com: "Big Unit to LA Makes Sense"
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Boston Globe:

Red Sox agree to deal with Pierzynski > Sox non-tender Bailey, Kalish > Sox face arbitration decisions

Boston Herald:

Sox set Bailey, Kalish free > Doug Fister dealt to Nats > White Sox agree to 1-year contract with C Flowers

ProJo:

Pierzynski reaches deal with Red Sox > Kalish, Bailey non-tendered > Mike Napoli still ideal at first base > Middlebrooks, Red Sox both looking for improvement

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