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Greetings from Gate A5

Good morning from Logan. We’re here waiting for a flight to Cleveland.

The TSA folks were trying to get people through some sort of body scanner at security today instead of the metal detector. The new technology is supposed to make the process quicker and — one would hope — more thorough.

The weird part of was when you went through, you had to hold your hands up like you were surrendering. And if you had your wallet in your pants, the TSA people made you hold it your hands when you got scanned.

From afar, it looked like a well-organized mugging as sleepy-eyed travelers lined up and got the “stick ’em up” routine. The best part was when the TSA guy looked at my wallet and said, “Is that your wallet?” I resisted the urge to be a smart-ass, figuring that could land me in Guantanamo Bay.

As for Cleveland, I’m looking forward to it. Progressive Field is a great place to watch a game, you can walk there from the hotel, the Springsteen exhibit is still at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and there’s a tremendous place downtown to get a haircut. As road cities go, that’s hard to top.

Check back later for plenty of Sox coverage on the blog. We’ll have the pitching matchups for this four-game series, a look at the decline of Hideki Okajima and a preview of the amateur draft, which starts tonight.

As always, thanks for reading.

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