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The professional baseball season is only two weeks old and two former area pitchers have already been heard from.

Curt Schilling is still fitting into his Boston uniform but already is at the epicenter of the Red Sox-Yankees storm, while Andy Pratt has already been subjected to boo birds in Chicago.

Five players are wearing professional uniforms, four are still dreaming the dream while rehabbing various injuries and eight more are on Div. 1 rosters around the country.

Here's the latest in whatever happened to …

(List doesn't include players redshirting collegiately).

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BASEBALL:

•As much a part of the Yankee-Red Sox rivalry currently swarming baseball is 1989 Yavapai College pitcher Curt Schilling. After throwing 6 2/3 strong innings in Saturday's 5-2 win over the Yankees, the ex-Diamondback, who played one year for Dave Dangler at YC, is now 2-0 with a 2.66 ERA for the BoSox.

•After a rough start in the Chicago Cubs' bullpen, former Chino Valley High School graduate Andy Pratt is now at the Cubs' Triple-A affiliate in Iowa. He's still having trouble finding the strikezone. After walking seven in 1 2/3 innings with the Cubs, Pratt lost his Iowa debut Saturday night as he walked five and gave up two hits in two innings of a 6-2 loss to Houston's Triple-A squad in New Orleans.

•Prescott High grad Jon Pridie (Class of '98) is no longer on the Minnesota Twins' 40-man roster, but is back at Double-A New Britain, Conn. where he's pitching middle relief. Pridie is coming off a good outing and currently has an 0-1 record with a 5.06 ERA in three outings for the Rock Cats.

•Keeping it in the family, Jason Pridie, who spearheaded Prescott to its only State championship in school history in 2002, is off to a slow start in his second year with the Charleston River Dogs, a Class-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Playing center field, Jason is hitting .160 with a triple, a stolen base and three RBIs in the early going.

•Two-time Area Player of the Year Dusty Brown, a Bradshaw Mountain High School and Yavapai College product, is swinging the bat well in Sarasota, Fla. where he's playing left field for the Boston Red Sox Class-A team. Brown is currently hitting .316 as a regular after six games.

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