Kevin Garnett Brings The Heat

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The Celtics landing Kevin Garnett was great and all, but I know that ever since the deal was announced, many of you have secretly longed to see Garnett in a Red Sox uniform. And so you shall. Don't get too exited, greater Boston area ... Garnett was at hand at Fenway on Wednesday just to throw out the first pitch; the Sox went on to beat the Orioles 5-4. David Ortiz had a run-scoring double and scored the go-ahead run in the seventh, receiving a standing O from Garnett in the stands. Ortiz and Garnett both began their pro careers in Minnesota. The win allowed Boston to keep its seven-game lead over the Yankees, who beat the White Sox 8-1 (no A-Rod home run).

Cubs In First!. The very red-haired Matt Murton, who was in the minors less than a week ago, scored on Brett Myers' bases-loaded wild pitch in the ninth as Chicago beat Philadelphia 5-4 on Wednesday. Combined with Milwaukee's 8-5 loss to the Mets, that vaults the Cubs into first place in the NL Central, one percentage point ahead of the Brewers. Time to mambo!

One Is The Lonliest Number. Barry Bonds was 0-for-3 with an intentional walk as the Dodgers came back late for a 6-4 win over the Giants. And might I add that I have never seen so many swinging bunts for base hits in one contest, ever.


OK Braves, Here's Your Division Title. Mark Teixeira wasted no time impressing his new employers, as his three-run homer led the Braves to a 12-3 win over the Astros. Teixeira was acquired from Texas on Tuesday in a seven-player trade.

For Whom The Bell Tolls. Buddy Bell announced that he will quit as manager of the last-place Royals at the end of the season; KC then charged out and beat the Twins 5-3 in 10 innings at the Metrodome. Bell will join the Royals' front office braintrust.