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Pennant race still fires up mellower Piniella

Originally Published: September 18, 2007
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

Lou Piniella keeps track of his sleep habits when he's not monitoring the National League Central standings, and he can attest that he's woken up at 4 a.m. this season more often than in any of his previous 19 years as a manager.

When infomercials don't cut it as an insomnia cure, Piniella has a surefire Plan B. He'll open his hotel room door, reach for the USA Today and do a crossword puzzle until he drifts back off to sleep.

"When I started managing, they'd have a bottle of vodka ...

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