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Big changes for Theo

(bill brett for the boston globe/file 2006)

Red Sox GM Theo Epstein has quietly told a few people that his wife, Marie, is pregnant, which might explain why the baseball wiz is decamping from his condo on St. Botolph Street for a spread in Chestnut Hill. Sox officials -- who said they had no information about a possible addition to Red Sox Nation -- did confirm the sale of Theo's three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath condo. (The terms of the sales were not disclosed.) The five-bedroom house is not far from where Theo grew up and will make for a short commute to Fenway Park. It's a popular spot for Sox brass. Principal owner John Henry has a house in Brookline as do Sox CEO Larry Lucchino and manager Terry Francona. Since he bought the condo for $1.2 million in 2004, Theo has had his car vandalized and obscenities spray-painted on his building.

Back to where they once belonged

Eight of the famed O'Neil sisters, the 10 young women from Jamaica Plain who graced the covers of magazines around the world in the late 1940s and early '50s, were back in town yesterday. The siblings returned to their old neighborhood for a birthday fete at Doyle's to mark sister Jane Deery's 75th birthday. Pictured clockwise from front left are Maureen Cloonan, Julie O'Neil, Diane Nessar, Danielle McGreal, Evelyn Kiley, Fran Cummings, Ginny O'Neil, and Deery. Behind them is one of the many photos taken of the sisters as young girls.

Making a pitch for a good cause

Actor Tim Daly easily got his ceremonial throw across the plate before the first game of yesterday's Sox doubleheader. So Daly, soon to star in the "Grey's Anatomy" spinoff "Private Practice," gave first-pitch support to the Dana-Farber patients who joined him at Fenway for the annual Jimmy Fund radio-telethon. "According to Jim" star Jim Belushi, who was tapped to throw out the first pitch for last night's game, arrived at the park earlier to help WEEI and NESN with the two-day fund-raiser. But it was New York real estate mogul and Yankee lover Donald Trump who put his money where his (big) mouth is. Trump, who struck up a friendship with Dana-Farber chief of staff Stephen Sallan after last year's fund-raiser, called in while Sallan was on the air and ponied up another $25,000.

In for an 'Idol' visit
Former "American Idol" contestant Constantine Maroulis says any trip to Boston is a good trip, even if he's just here to promote his self-titled CD and his daytime soap role on "The Bold and the Beautiful." One of the first rockers on "Idol," the Boston Conservatory alum says the school prepared him for the competition. "But it also gave me a disadvantage because I never had time to watch TV," Maroulis told us during a stop at radio station Mix 98.5. "So all these people who knew what the show was about, they had one up on me. I think I did OK, though."

He's the big cheese
It was a close race, but Dave Andelman edged out the competition to win the cheese stacking contest at the Fisherman's Feast in the North End. The host of the TV food show "Phantom Gourmet" bested his brother Dan Andelman, House Speaker and North End resident Sal DiMasi, and Boston College athletic director Gene DeFilippo in the tomfoolery that opened the 97-year-old fest on Thursday night.

Hudson on Newbury
"Bachelor No. 2" star Kate Hudson was spotted taking a nighttime stroll on Newbury Street earlier this week with her son Ryder and her new beau, actor Dax Shepard. We'll surely be seeing more of them: The movie, also starring Dane Cook, starts filming this weekend.

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