The U.S. is 230 years old today, quite impressive considering the odds the country faced at the time it was born, and the turbulence surrounding the failed government of the country’s first 20 years. Several things are synonymous with America, but baseball is right there at the top — maybe right behind apple pie. It is the national pasttime after all, born soon after the Revolution, professionally organized in the ashes of the Civil War and kept alive as a morale booster during World War I.
The Sox look to win on Independence Day for the first time since 2003, facing the Devil Rays again, and their chances look good because the guy on the mound’s name doesn’t rhyme with "Shlazmir." Can the Sox pull off their 15th win in 17 games? Can Alex Gonzalez maintain his league-high 12-game hitting streak? Will Curt Schilling go out and pitch a no-hitter just to spite Ozzie Guillen, who selected four less-deserving pitchers (Redman, Zito, Buehrle, Jenks) to the All-Star team?
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