Sport: Red Sox Rattlesnake

When Jim Rice uncoils, it's downtown time in Boston this spring

First the good news for American League pitchers: Jim Rice does not try to hit home runs. Now for the bad news: he hits home runs anyway, often enough so far to titillate the statistics keepers. The Boston Red Sox's splendid young designated hitter and leftfielder has hit 18 home runs through the end of May and is ahead of both Babe Ruth's and Roger Maris' early-season pace. It was enough to earn him the American League's Player of the Month award. To add consistency to insult,...

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