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MORNING BRIEFING

Times Staff Writer

It was well worth the price of admission

A wild game between Boston and the Texas Rangers on Tuesday gave spectators at Fenway Park their money’s worth -- and a roller-coaster ride for the Red Sox Nation.

Boston scored 10 runs in the first inning, only to lose that lead and have the game turn into a two-sided, nearly four-hour slugfest. Boston finally won, 19-17, on Kevin Youkilis’ home run in the eighth inning.

“After that first inning . . . everybody in all of Massachusetts thought the game was over,” Rangers Manager Ron Washington said.

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In the other dugout, Manager Terry Francona said, “At some point you’re thinking about going for a field goal.”

Trivia time

Texas had 20 hits in the game with Boston. When was the last time the Rangers had 20 hits in a nine-inning game?

Pompom peril

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Everyone now, give me a G-U-R-N-E-Y.

Cheerleading is more dangerous than any sport for high school girls and college women, says a study by the National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury that was reported at LiveScience.com.

The study said cheerleading accounted for 65.1% of serious sports injuries among high school females over the last 25 years, and it was 66.7% in college.

“A major factor in this increase has been the change in cheerleading activity, which now involves gymnastic-type stunts,” said Frederick O. Mueller, the center’s director.

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Pay dirt?

After a brief stint driving Formula One race cars in places such as Monaco and Australia, Scott Speed is working his way up through the minor leagues of U.S. stock-car racing.

Next stop: A one-mile dirt track at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

The native of Manteca, Calif., is driving in the ARCA series, the equivalent of double-A baseball, in the hope of one day landing a ride in NASCAR’s premier Sprint Cup Series.

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Speed, 25, is making the most of his current situation. He leads the ARCA point standings and hopes to earn his fifth series win Sunday.

But there’s one problem.

“I don’t know that I have ever seen a dirt track, much less drove on one,” he said.

Trivia answer

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Two days earlier, when Texas beat Baltimore, 15-7.

And finally

Comedian Andy Borowitz, writing in Huffingtonpost.com, took aim at the controversy surrounding the ages of China’s female gymnasts:

“China’s hopes for winning more medals in women’s gymnastics were dashed when one of their leading gymnasts vanished down a bathtub drain on Tuesday.”

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james.peltz@latimes.com


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