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Posted by Christopher L. Gasper, Globe Staff  September 4, 2006 05:33 PM

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There is actually some good news to report from the Sox clubhouse for a change.

Manny Ramirez is back in the Red Sox lineup along with fellow regulars Jason Varitek and Trot Nixon, and David Ortiz was cleared to take batting practice and could return as soon as tomorrow, if he gets clearance from his doctors. Ortiz parked a ball in the right field bleachers during his round of BP.

However not all the news on the injury front was good. Francona indicated that Curt Schilling, who was supposed to start tonight, has been slow to recover from a strained latissimus dorsi muscle on his right side and could miss his next scheduled start as well, which would have come this weekend against the Royals.

"I don't think it looks very encouraging," admitted Francona. But he stopped short of saying Schilling was scratched.

Ramirez didn't make a liar out of Julian Tavarez, who said yesterday he expected the mercurial slugger to be back in the lineup. Ramirez, who is battling tendinitis in right knee, hasn't appeared in a game since Aug. 26, when he started and went 0 for 3 with a walk in a 4-3 loss to the Seattle Mariners.

"He said he could play that's good enough for me," said Red Sox manager Terry Francona. "He had been on the treadmill the last couple of days. He worked out enough that he can play the outfield too, which certainly opens up some different things for us."

A few more notes:

-- Due to the Labor Day holiday, Jonathan Papelbon's MRI on his right shoulder has been pushed back to tomorrow morning.

-- Coco Crisp is still feeling the effects of the spectacular catch he made in Oakland. Crisp injured his left shoulder on that catch and Francona said that if the team had more healthy bodies he wouldn't have been in the lineup the last couple of days. Crisp snapped a 4 for 33 slide with two hits yesterday.

-- The Red Sox have recalled reliever Javier Lopez from Pawtucket.

Here are the lineups:
Sox
1. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
2. Mark Loretta, 2B
3. Eric Hinske, DH
4. Manny Ramirez, LF
5. Trot Nixon, RF
6. Mike Lowell, 3B
7. Jason Varitek, C
8. Gabe Kapler, CF
9. Alex Gonzalez, SS

P -- Julian Tavarez

White Sox
1. Scott Podsednik, LF
2. Tadahito Iguchi, 2B
3. Jermaine Dye, RF
4. Jim Thome, DH
5. Paul Konerko, 1B
6. A.J. Pierzynski, C
7. Joe Crede, 3B
8. Brian Anderson, CF
9. Juan Uribe, SS

P -- Jon Garland

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