- The Washington Times - Monday, June 19, 2006

WASHINGTON NATIONALS AT BOSTON RED SOX

TODAY AT 7:05 P.M.

TV: MASN, Ch. 20

RHP Tony Armas Jr. (6-3, 4.18) vs. RHP Kyle Snyder (0-0, 22.50)

Tomorrow at 7:05 p.m.

TV: MASN, Ch. 20

RHP Livan Hernandez (5-7, 5.18) vs. RHP Tim Wakefield (4-8, 3.97)

Wednesday at 7:05 p.m.

TV: MASN

RHP Shawn Hill (1-1, 2.42) vs. LHP Jon Lester (1-0, 3.48)

The Red Sox entered spring training not knowing what to do with rookie pitcher Jonathan Papelbon, a big, hard-throwing right-hander who can start or relieve. The Red Sox chose the latter — and it was the right call. Papelbon has become one of baseball’s premier closers, helping fans in New England forget about Keith Foulke’s failures. Papelbon was named April’s rookie of the month, setting a major league rookie record for saves with 10 in 13 games. By end of May, Papelbon was still perfect, slamming the door for the Red Sox in all 20 of his save opportunities. Through the first week of this month, Papelbon carried a 0.31 ERA. His 20 straight saves established an MLB record for consecutive saves to start a season. Only 18 other rookies since 1960 have saved 20 games in a season, and Papelbon, who entered yesterday’s game second in baseball with 22 saves, still has three months left.

WASHINGTON NATIONALS AT BALTIMORE ORIOLES

Friday at 7:05 p.m.

TV: MASN, Ch. 20

Saturday at 4:35 p.m.

TV: none

Sunday at 1:35 p.m.

TV: MASN

Here come the Orioles and more steroid allegations. Yesterday, former Orioles first baseman David Segui admitted during an ESPN interview that he used human growth hormone and was one of the names involved in the Jason Grimsley case. In the interview, Segui said he told Grimsley where to get human growth hormone. Next week, Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo and other members of the club’s front office are being called to speak to Major League Baseball in its investigation of performance-enhancing drugs. Grimsley, who played with Segui in Baltimore in 2004, was released by the Arizona Diamondbacks earlier this month and was suspended 50 games by MLB. In an affidavit, Segui said he used HGH with a doctor’s prescription because of a growth hormone deficiency and continues to use HGH legally. The names of the other players accused by Grimsley have not been made public.

— B>Ken Wright

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