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4 PITCHES. 4 BALLS. 1 WORLD SERIES RING

NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT

Reliever Brayan Villarreal threw four pitches for the Red Sox last year, all balls. The result was a walkoff walk to Marco Scutaro for a 3-2 Giants win Aug. 20. But that was good enough to get him a World Series ring at Friday's Fenway Park ceremony. "Everybody who played on the ballclub last year did something to win a ball game, so it's well deserved," said David Ortiz, apparently not remembering Villarreal at all. After the ceremony, Villarreal returned to Pawtucket, R.I., where the Triple-A PawSox played the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. "Anyone that is part of the team is allowed to get a ring," he told ESPN.

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CHAMPS OF THE DAY

A Sunday like no other at Augusta

Augusta National - which took in its first two female members 18 months ago - has crowned its first female champions. They were the winners Sunday of the inaugural Drive, Chip and Putt contest, started by Masters chairman Billy Payne to help build kids' interest in golf. More than 17,000 boys and girls signed up for qualifiers in 19 states and the District of Columbia in four age groups: 7-9, 10-11, 12-13, 14-15. The winners in the first public competition for females on Augusta National grounds were Kelly Xu ("Shoo"), 9, of Santa Monica, Calif.; Lucy Li, 11, of Redwood City, Calif.; Natalie Pietromonaco, 13, of Auburn, Calif., and Hunter Pate, 14, of Las Vegas. "Best day of my life," Xu (above) said. "To me, it's the most special course in the world."

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RAYS

Tonight

at Royals, 8:10, Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Mo.

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM

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LIGHTNING

Today: off

Next: vs. Maple Leafs, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Tampa Bay Times Forum

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 970-AM

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