September 07, 2004

He said it

"It was my big dream to be a hitter in the major leagues. I never thought I'd be a pitcher. My hitting skills are still there. I practice all the time behind closed doors." -- Brandon Backe, Astros pitcher, after going 2-for-2 with his first homer

On deck

Jose Contreras, who starts tonight, is 4-2 with a 3.92 ERA in eight starts since joining the White Sox on July 31.

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