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Rudy designated

Posted by Amalie Benjamin  August 19, 2006 11:52 AM

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Sleep? Who needs it? We're back here bright eyed and bushy tailed and ready for another nine innings of baseball. (Or at least we hope it's only nine innings.)

Meanwhile, after a lengthy meeting in manager Terry Francona's office last night, reliever Rudy Seanez was designated for assignment so the team could bring in a fresh arm for today's game. Seanez was simply the reliever that the team needed the least, though Francona was loath to move the veteran.

"I don't think he threw as bad as maybe people thought he did," Francona said, of the pitcher who had a 4.82 ERA in 41 games with the Red Sox.

Coming up for Seanez was Pawtucket-to-Boston express rider Jermaine Van Buren. (Both Bryan Corey and Javier Lopez had thrown last night, while Van Buren last pitched Thursday.) Except this time Van Buren was on a bus to Ottawa when he got the call. The PawSox' bus convoy was headed to Ottawa when the first of the two vehicles started to pull over. Van Buren assumed someone on the first bus was sick, before manager Ron Johnson came up to tell him he was headed back to Boston. Van Buren stayed overnight in a hotel in North Andover before getting transported to Fenway this morning.

"It had a bed," Van Buren said, when asked what hotel it was. "That's full service."

Wakefield threw yesterday and Francona said he still feels his injury. That might put his potential start in Seattle in jeopardy.

"I don't know if that's realistic or not," Francona said.

Jason Varitek will go on the road trip with the team because he can do baseball activities. Trot Nixon and Matt Clement will not.

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