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Miller throws; Stern ready to run

Red Sox outfielder Adam Stern, who was away from the team for three days to attend a wedding and to visit Dr. Lewis Yocum in Los Angeles, has rejoined the team and has been activated for tonight’s game. Stern, who called his shoulder injury “irritation of the labrum,” said he was working with the Red Sox physical therapist and was available immediately to pinch run, which is the role the team envisions him in.

“He will be available to pinch run,” confirmed manager Terry Francona. “How much more (he can do) in the near future, we’ll see.”

Pitcher Wade Miller, who hasn’t thrown in a real game since Aug. 8, threw 41 pitches today in a simulated game. “I thought he got a little more aggressive in the second inning,” said Francona. “I thought it (his stuff) was okay. It’s a step in the right direction. He’s doing the best he can and so are we.” Francona added “If Miller feels fine come Saturday, he’ll throw on the side that day and there’s a possibility that if (Double-A) Portland were to go to a Game 5 in their Eastern League series, Miller might be able to pitch in that game.”

Red Sox players have nominated pitcher Tim Wakefield for the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award, named for the first executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association. The award is presented annually to the MLB player whose combination of on-field performance and community contributions most inspires others to a higher level of achievement.

Since 1998, on every Tuesday that the team is home, the Wakefield Warriors come to Fenway Park as the knuckleballer's guests. They are patients from the Franciscan Hospital for Children, the largest pediatric facility of its kind in New England. He also supports the Space Coast Early Intervention Center and holds the annual Tim Wakefield Celebrity Golf Classic to raise funds for the center. Fan voting for the award will be conducted on www.mlbplayers.com through Sunday.

Earlier today, Wakefield was also named the Red Sox recipient of the 2005 Roberto Clemente Award which recognizes those players who best exemplify the game of baseball through sportsmanship, community involvement, and positive contributions to their teams. He will be recognized in a ceremony prior to tonight’s game. The honor is Wakefield’s seventh (1998, 2000-2005), his sixth in a row, and he is now one of the 30 nominees for the national 2005 Roberto Clemente Award, the winner of which will be announced at the World Series.

Bronson Arroyo takes the hill tonight against the Angels rookie Ervin Santana.

Tonight’s Red Sox lineup:

1. Johnny Damon, CF

2. Edgar Renteria, SS

3. David Ortiz, DH

4. Manny Ramirez, LF

5. Trot Nixon, RF

6. Jason Varitek, C

7. Kevin Millar, 1B

8. Bill Mueller, 3B

9. Alex Cora, 2B

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