The AP is reporting that Sammy Sosa’s miserable 2005 campaign is ending early. Kind of like 2004, just a bit earlier.

“He went about his business, probably too much, hustled all the time for us. He was a pleasure to be around and gave you 150 percent all the time. … He did all the things a good teammate is supposed to do,” Perlozzo said.

There you have it. Sammy’s poor production and eroding skills have nothing to do with the advent of tougher drug testing and everything to do with the right-fielder trying too hard.

With a starting outfield of Newhan, Matos and Gibbons, Baltimore is currently trailing Boston, 2-0 after 2 innings at Camden Yards.