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Ozzy keeps a low Boston profile; the Rocket is all over this plate

OZZY WAS HERE The patriarch of MTV's "The Osbournes" has shed his blue johnny and is back home in Los Angeles, resting comfortably after spending three discreet weeks as a patient at a Boston hospital. Ozzy Osbourne was here to consult with his physician, Dr. Allan Ropper, about the singer's incessant trembling. Ropper, chief of neurology at Caritas St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Brighton, would not comment, but in a statement issued yesterday, Osbourne revealed that his doctor has diagnosed the problem and is treating it. "I was at the point where it felt as if this problem was practically destroying my life along with my self-esteem," Ozzy said. But a consequence of the medication prescribed by Ropper is an extremely dry mouth, which will prevent the singer from performing for a while. (His European tour, scheduled to begin next week in Dublin, has been postponed.) "The problem usually subsides after three to four weeks, but the downside is that this will definitely affect Mr. Osbourne's ability to sing at this time," Ropper said in the statement. Ropper, who's chairman of the neurology department at Tufts University, saw Osbourne off and on over the past three weeks, according to Steve Danehy, Caritas St. Elizabeth's spokesman. So how did Ozzy Osbourne escape our notice? "Privacy's a very important thing," Danehy said, "whether you're Ozzy Osbourne or an averageperson like myself."

SIGHTINGS We ran into actor Dustin Hoffman entering Yankee Stadium yesterday and watched as millionaire developer Donald Trump (and his latest lovely) strolled into the park together. Trump was in a tailored blue suit and pink tie. Actress Nicole Kidman also was hard to miss. We spied former Yankee Don Mattingly, who was in Yankees owner George Steinbrenner's box, and saw, in their choice box seats, comedian Billy Crystal and former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani. Quietly rooting for the Olde Towne Team amid the thousands of Yankees fans were actor Lance Greene, who grew up in Cambridge, and Abre McDonald, manager of the Good Life Boston and Cambridge. . . . Boston Mayor Tom Menino couldn't make yesterday's game because he'd left the country the day before. The mayor, who's giving talks in Rome and Venice, was originally scheduled to leave for Italy Sunday but postponed his departure until Tuesday to see the Sox-Yanks series at Fenway.

MACHO NACHO When he was pitching for Boston, Roger Clemens used to frequent the Hard Rock Cafe. After home games, the Rocket would come in and, without fail, order two plates of loaded nachos. The other night, in what might have been his last pass through Beantown as a ballplayer, the future Hall of Famer stopped by and, yes, ordered his favorite nachos. Chatting with Hard Rock manager Stuart Myers, Clemens said he was glad to see some things never change.

NOMI AND SASHIMI Last Friday Nomar Garciaparra thrilled the otherwise cool characters at the Eliot Hotel's Uni sashimi bar, where he downed the dishes with gusto. Chef Ken Oringer left the kitchen to serve the superstar.

AND NOW LET ME INTRODUCE. . . "Late Night" host and Brookline native Conan O'Brien and his wife, Liza Powel O'Brien, are the parents of a baby girl, NBC announced yesterday. Neve O'Brien, born Tuesday in New York City, weighed 6 pounds, 10 ounces, and mother and daughter are doing fine, the network said. The 40-year-old comedian and his wife, a Seattle ad executive, were married in January 2002. O'Brien will return to the air tonight, NBC said.

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