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Twitter reared its feathery head again this week when Red Sox owner John Henry tweeted on Twitter. He typed "The MT curse?" after his Red Sox beat the Yankees, 4-3, on Thursday.

What's up with this Twitter? Can't people talk to those sitting around them anymore? Must we all send every thought we have to everybody else?

Anyway, Henry's "MT" comment referred to Yankees star first baseman Mark Teixeira, who chose to sign before the season with the Yanks and not the Sox.

For his part, Teixeira did not allow his feathers to be ruffled by any twits who Twitter.

"I laughed," MT said yesterday. "It's just silly. It really is. We talked to probably 10 or 12 teams this off-season. If 11 owners want to take their shots at me, that's fine. They can say whatever they want. But there's no reason for me to, you know, get into any war of words with a 70-some-year-old man. It doesn't make any sense."

Ouch. Henry turns 60 in September.

As for Twitter itself, Teixeira agrees with Low & Outside.

"Everyone that I want to talk to," he said, "I have their phone number."

Amen to that.

Bad news, good news (maybe)

Unfortunately for Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay, he was forced to leave his start against Florida last night after apparently injuring his groin.

Fortunately, maybe, for the Phillies, Halladay may be unavailable next week when the Jays fly into the Bank.

Halladay grimaced after throwing his second pitch in the third inning, and catcher Rod Barajas went to the mound, then motioned to the dugout, calling manager Cito Gaston and trainer George Poulis to join him.

The Toronto infielders huddled on the mound as Halladay spoke with Gaston and Poulis. Halladay threw one warm-up pitch, then flipped the ball to Barajas and headed to the dugout.

The team says that Halladay tweaked a muscle in his right groin.

Halladay leads the major leagues with 10 wins and 103 innings pitched. He has won seven straight decisions and entered last night's game having thrown back-to-back complete games.


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