Bloghead

Curt Schilling having a blog is like Tim Donaghy owning a sports book. No addict should be given that much access to a compulsion. The Red Sox air bag stoked one of sports' most heated rivalries when he took some shots at Kobe Bryant on his blog, 38pitches, on Monday. Schilling, in a Celtics jersey, sat courtside Sunday for Game 2 of the NBA Finals in Boston and snooped in during the Lakers' huddles. Apparently, the consummate teammate didn't like what he heard from Kobe. "From the first tip until about [four] minutes left in the game, I saw and heard this guy bitch at his teammates," Schilling wrote. This just in, Bryant is unfaithful to his wife. Schilling, of course, would

never

disrespect a teammate, as several comments on his blog pointed out. Wrote "mmh119" (Mitch Williams?): "Hey Curt, I was just wondering, did Kobe wear a towel over his head when he was sitting on the bench, yes or no?"

The odd couple

In the most public friendship to go awry since the Paris Hilton-Nicole Richie tiff, Andy Pettitte and Roger Clemens have not talked since the Yankees lefthander admitted to officials in a deposition that he used human growth hormone and that Clemens once told him about his own HGH use. The Yankees travel to Houston - where both players still have homes - for a weekend set, but Pettitte isn't sure he will hear from the Rocket. He said he wants to. "I definitely hope so," Pettitte told the New York Daily News Tuesday night. "But we just have to wait and see. We haven't talked."

Ugly American

What's more American than the gap-toothed? See: David Letterman, Madonna and Lauren Hutton. So it was with great honor that these no-braces-forgiving United States welcomed David Ortiz when the Boston Red Sox designated hitter became a U.S. citizen yesterday.

According to the Associated Press, the 32-year-old former MVP held an American flag in one hand as he recited the Pledge of Allegiance along with 220 other immigrants at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston. Ortiz, a native of the Dominican Republic, is on the disabled list with an injured wrist.

In memoriam

Eliot Asinof, author of

Eight Men Out,

a chronicle of the 1919 Chicago "Black Sox" scandal, died Tuesday at the age of 88 in a hospital in Hudson, N.Y., of complications from pneumonia, said his son, Martin Asinof.

Contact staff writer Jeff McLane at 215-854-4745 or jmclane@phillynews.com.