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Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Good Ideas in the Land of Baseball

For those who believe there isn’t enough good news in sports today, here are just a few of the good ideas on the baseball scene this morning:

- Red Sox manager Terry Francona giving Mark Loretta the green light on 3-0 last night against a struggling Randy Johnson. Loretta responded by hitting a 2-run single.

- The Sox taking on and sticking with both Mike Lowell and Alex Gonzalez. The latter has been a joy to watch in the field and finally is beginning to show some life at the plate, while the latter has been nothing but a doubles machine of late.

- Major League Baseball arranging for the use of pink bats on Mother’s Day as part of a program to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

- The International League assigning Durham Bull Delmon Young to do 50 hours of community service in addition to suspending him for 50 games after he threw his bat at the home plate umpire in a game against the Pawtucket Red Sox.

- House Government Reform Committee Chairman Tom Davis notifying MLB and the player’s association that an apparent provision allowing major league players to unilaterally cancel baseball’s newly-tightened anti-drug policies if a new labor contract isn’t in place by August 1 “raises Congressional concern.” It’d be a shame if the sport added to its public embarrassment before Congress last March by backsliding so badly in such a highly-visible arena.

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