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Hill: Pierzynski's collision 'gutless'
While manager Dusty Baker and most Cubs players interviewed had no problem with A.J. Pierzynski's collision with Michael Barrett, rookie left-hander Rich Hill called it "gutless" and "pathetic."
"I think it was pretty gutless on their part--him hitting Michael when he didn't even have the ball," Hill said. "That's not how you play the game. If he had the ball and he hits him, that's fine, that's how you play it. But you don't go around just running over catchers. What if he injured him and he didn't have the ball? That's not the way you play the game. . . . It was pathetic."Sox manager Ozzie Guillen was livid when he heard Hill's comment.
"Tell that Triple-A [bleep] to shut the [bleep] up," Guillen said. "Tell him to start throwing some strikes or he's going to get Dusty fired."
What's the right move?
With Matt Thornton's emergence as a left-handed reliever, the Sox are considering carrying only two left-handers in the bullpen when Jose Contreras returns Sunday.
That could leave them without an extra left-hander against Oakland, which has plenty of left-handed hitters. But the Sox could be better equipped with an extra right-handed reliever next weekend at Toronto.
Brandon McCarthy, who hasn't pitched since throwing four-plus innings and 83 pitches Tuesday, probably will be the first reliever used behind Contreras.
The Sox still could decide to keep Agustin Montero instead of left-hander Boone Logan, who hasn't pitched since he made several mistakes Tuesday in the 10-7 loss at Tampa Bay.
Bottom of the Hill
Baker said the Cubs would discuss whether Hill will remain in the rotation. Hill is 0-4 with a 9.31 earned-run average. Hill used the same word to describe his pitching as he used to describe Pierzynski's collision: "Pathetic."
Tadahito Iguchi's six RBIs equaled the most by a Sox second baseman since Tony Graffanino against Texas on May 14, 2002. Six RBIs is one shy of Carlos Lee's Sox-Cubs series record on June 16, 2002.