Clemens comeback could help time heal some wounds

Price, a standout at Vanderbilt, was the first overall pick in '07, but Moore, Hellickson and Cobb were drafted out of high school. In those three drafts, the Rays used 17 of 31 picks in the first 10 rounds on pitchers, with an almost even split (9-8) between college and high school pitchers. Moore, Hellickson and Cobb averaged 101 starts and 553 innings in the minors.

Missing man formation: Like the Giants with Melky Cabrera, the A's are going to have a hard time replacing the suspended Bartolo Colon. It helps that they just got lefty Brett Anderson back from Tommy John surgery, but Colon was a leader for the young pitching staff.

"He's the veteran who has been holding those young pitchers together,'' Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "But they'll get over it. Those guys right now, they're oblivious to everything.''

Perhaps because of his use of performance-enhancing drugs, Colon was showing no signs of wear. He was 0-4 with a 5.37 ERA in August and September for the 2011 Yankees but 3-1 with a 1.88 ERA in August this year.

The suspension devastated his teammates.

"I was brought up to never cheat the game," right fielder Josh Reddick said. "I don't want to be that guy at the end of his career who has the asterisk sitting beside his name in all his stats. I want to know deep down inside that I've earned it within myself and not with any kind of help."

Said pitcher Brandon McCarthy: "It's not nobodies who are getting busted. It's people who are bigger in the game. It seems like a stupid option, but I guess some people are still willing to do it."

Home-field disadvantage: The Red Sox are one of only three AL teams with losing records at home. After beating the Royals on Friday night, they're 30-37 at Fenway Park. They have had only nine losing records at Fenway since 1934, the most recent in 1997.

"It's a great place to play,'' shortstop Mike Aviles said. "It's frustrating for us because we want to play well in general but obviously at home. You want to reward the fans."

Clay Buchholz said his teammates are pressing in home games as they try to stop fans from booing.

"A lot of guys are going up to the plate and thinking they have to do something right now,'' Buchholz told the Boston Globe. "When you're losing, that's just the way it goes. … It's different for me, being here the last four or five years and always winning (at home). It's a little bit different for everybody.''

The last word: "He's one of those guys who is pretty quiet, but he always walks around like maybe he knows something you don't.'' — Chipper Jones, comparing the Braves' Kris Medlen to Greg Maddux.

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