Thursday, July 31, 2003

Why is it at the trading deadline, othre teams get All-Stars and the Cubs get Also-Rans? The Yankees got Aaron Boone for Brandon Claussen. The Red Sox got Jeff Suppan and Brandon Lyon from Pittsburgh. What about the Cubs?

Wood complained that his first pitch to Alfonzo, a slider, was called a ball by plate umpire Randy Marsh. "That was a strike, and I didn't get the benefit of the doubt,'' he said. "It turned [the grand-slam pitch] into a 2-1 pitch instead of a 1-2 pitch. That makes a big difference to a pitcher in that situation.''

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