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No Manny, again

Posted by Amalie Benjamin  September 29, 2006 05:07 PM

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Though manager Terry Francona had mentioned that today might be an option for seeing Manny Ramirez back in the lineup, apparently it was not meant to be. Ramirez got to the park at 10:30 a.m., and seems to be trying to make it back on the field, according to Francona. But that won't happen, at least in the starting lineup, tonight.

Jonathan Papelbon, meanwhile, will throw off flat ground today, and might face some hitters tomorrow. Francona seemed to be impressed with how Papelbon pitched on flat ground the other day, calling it "nice and fluid with movement."

Matt Clement showed up in the clubhouse today, though Francona said he looked "haggard." That's to be expected after the extensive surgery he endured just days ago.

Meanwhile, old friend Kevin Millar showed up and took Francona's office hostage. Sitting in Francona's chair, Millar threatened to make out the 2007 lineup -- with himself in it.

And, with that, the lineups...

Red Sox
1. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
2. Mark Loretta, 2B
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Wily Mo Pena, CF
5. Mike Lowell, 3B
6. Jason Varitek, C
7. Trot Nixon, RF
8. Gabe Kapler, LF
9. Dustin Pedroia, SS

SP Julian Tavarez

Orioles
1. Brian Roberts, 2B
2. Melvin Mora, 3B
3. Nick Markakis, RF
4. Miguel Tejada, SS
5. Jay Gibbons, DH
6. Ramon Hernandez, C
7. Corey Patterson, CF
8. Kevin Millar, 1B
9. David Newhan, LF

SP Erik Bedard

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