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The Red Sox made it two in a row over the Devil Rays with a 4-1 victory in the Tropicana Dome. Bob Hohler says that even though Schilling wasn’t perfect, he was plenty good enough to beat the Rays. Jeff Horrigan looks at Schilling getting only second victory on the road this season, where he’s had a few struggles. Sean McAdam notes that once Schilling got through a rough first inning, he cruised the rest of the evening. David Heuschkel looks at a solid seven innings for Schilling, who got some help from the bats of Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez. David Borges needs to demand a new headline writer. “Schilling, Sox no match for Devil Rays” Isn’t it the other way around? The Rays were no match for Schilling…Gordon Edes looks at Lou Piniella, who is trying to quit smoking and deal with so much losing at the same time. Tony Massarotti looks at the continued lights out performance of Keith Foulke. Michael Silverman looks at Scott Williamson, another free-agent-to-be and notes that he could cash in on the market this winter as well. Paul Doyle looks at the exploits of Roger Clemens and Randy Johnson, both over 40 and pitching as they did in their prime. Silverman says the Sox would also like to hold onto Pokey Reese, yet another free agent, as they like his flexibility. Massarotti has a look at the struggles of Derek Lowe thus far. Edes looks at Manny Ramirez, who just keeps hitting, injured or not, and continues modest about it. Hohler’s notebook has more on Lowe. Horrigan’s notebook looks at an elbow injury for Scott Williamson. McAdam’s notebook says that the Sox will not try to deal Kim until he gets his stuff back. Heuschkel’s notebook looks at Manny, continuing to serve as DH with his sore groin. Borges’ notebook looks at Derek Lowe trying the regain control of his sinker tonight.

Charlie Weis’ agent continues to make the rounds, as Tom Curran is the next to report on the Pats offensive coordinator’s inability to reach an agreement on a new contract. The agent says this is Weis’ last year with the Patriots. Michael Felger reports that Bethel Johnson had stomach surgery yesterday, he is expected to recover fully, but the surgery seems to have been something of an emergency. The Globe has a brief note about Bobby Hamilton signing with the Raiders.

Shira Springer looks at former Celtic Mike James, now enjoying the Pistons run through the playoffs. James has some words for how things were in his brief stint in Boston. She also reports that the C’s have reached a deal with assistant coach Tony Brown.

Bill Griffith reports on a new TV deal for the NHL, this time with NBC. Buddy Thomas lectures on integrity and accuracy in sports journalism.

NESN has Red Sox/Devil Rays at 7:00. ESPN has Nets/Pistons game 7 at 8:00. ESPN2 has Flyers/Lightning game 6 at 7:30.