Ramirez a big hit in return to lineup
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Sox officials, unhappy with the official scoring on two plays in the Detroit series, called an American League executive to complain about what they perceived as ongoing problems with the official scorers at Fenway. The team plans to send videotapes of the plays to the commissioner's office for a five-member panel to review. The Sox believed Ramirez deserved a hit on a hard, one-hopper Friday night that glanced off third baseman Eric Munson's glove for an error and they thought Orlando Cabrera should have been credited with a hit on a fly ball Saturday night that dropped untouched between two outfielders for an error on right fielder Bobby Higginson. The official scorers, Charles Scoggins and Joe Giuliotti, stood by their rulings . . . In the last hurdle before the Sox activate them Wednesday, David McCarty (right wrist cyst) and Kevin Youkilis (bruised right ankle bone) will play for Single A Lowell today and tomorrow on a rehab assignment . . . The Sox plan to bring in a minor leaguer to pitch to Trot Nixon and Pokey Reese before the games tomorrow and Wednesday. If all goes well, Nixon and Reese would begin rehab stints Thursday with Triple A Pawtucket. That would put them on track to return by early next week. Pawtucket's regular season ends next Monday . . . Though the swelling in his knee has gone down, Ellis Burks continues to struggle in his comeback from two surgeries this season. He takes batting practice but is not able to run well enough yet to begin a rehab assignment. "I don't think he's very [close]," Francona said. "The hitting part, he's OK. We've got to get him moving around a little bit." . . . The Angels are expected to bring back Bartolo Colon on four days of rest Thursday to face Derek Lowe in the finale of a three-game series at Fenway. Anaheim is slated to start Aaron Sele (8-1, 4.35 ERA) Wednesday against Bronson Arroyo; Ramon Ortiz (5-7, 4.41) had been an option, but he was demoted to the bullpen yesterday by manager Mike Scioscia. Curt Schilling is scheduled to open the series for the Sox tomorrow vs. John Lackey.
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