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Diverging emotions for two pitchers

Rich Hill's bad luck opens door for Sox reliever Tommy Hottovy

Updated: June 3, 2011, 7:58 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- They stood maybe 10 feet apart in the Red Sox clubhouse, two left-handed pitchers whose careers were once again bisecting, but in a way neither one would have wished.

Tommy Hottovy was unable to hide the wonderment in his voice at finally making it to the big leagues at age 29, an odyssey that included waiting tables in a Fort Myers pizza joint. His phone call had awakened his pregnant wife, Andrea, back home in Kansas City. "Wake up,'' he had told the woman who had urged him ...

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