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Stephen Cannella
April 09, 2001
Don't tell the Red Sox, whose season began unraveling before it started, that March goes out like a lamb. While coping with the absence of Nomar Garciaparra (wrist injury) and the chronic tardiness of Carl Everett, Boston was rocked by a lineup shuffle during the final weekend of camp. Last Friday manager Jimy Williams told Dante Bichette, the presumed full-time DH, that he will play only against lefthanders. Jose Offerman, who thought he would start at second base, was shifted into a first base platoon with Brian Daubach, opening the door for Chris Stynes at second. "It blindsided me," said an infuriated Bichette. Offerman labeled Williams's decision "stupid."...
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April 09, 2001

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Don't tell the Red Sox, whose season began unraveling before it started, that March goes out like a lamb. While coping with the absence of Nomar Garciaparra (wrist injury) and the chronic tardiness of Carl Everett, Boston was rocked by a lineup shuffle during the final weekend of camp. Last Friday manager Jimy Williams told Dante Bichette, the presumed full-time DH, that he will play only against lefthanders. Jose Offerman, who thought he would start at second base, was shifted into a first base platoon with Brian Daubach, opening the door for Chris Stynes at second. "It blindsided me," said an infuriated Bichette. Offerman labeled Williams's decision "stupid."...

If Tony Gwynn, 40, and Rickey Henderson, 42, who's starting the season in the minors, play in the same game for the Padres this season, San Diego will be the first team since the 1945 Tigers to have two 40-year-olds in the outfield at the same time....

Righthander Tim Belcher, who retired from the Angels on March 24, ended his 14-year career with a 146-140 record and only the slightest disappointment. "My only regret," he said, "is God gave Greg Maddux my changeup."...

The emergence of righty Scott Strickland, 24, who whiffed 14 and walked three in 12 spring training innings, means the Expos can consider offers for closer Ugueth Urbina (National League-leading 41 saves in '99 but only 13 appearances in 2000 because of surgery for bone chips in his right elbow) without gutting their bullpen. "His slider is nasty," says a scout of Strickland, "and he throws strike after strike, never in the middle of the plate."

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