Manny having an MRI

Manny Ramirez was having his MRI performed as the afternoon meeting with Terry Francona was going on, so there are no solid updates on his status. The MRI, Francona said, will hopefully clarify what exactly is happening with Ramirez’s knee, whether it was just the patellar tendonitis or whether there was a stress fracture there.

Kevin Youkilis is not in the lineup today with the strained neck that he sustained in last night’s game playing leftfield. Francona said it wasn’t much more than an everyday strain, but it would affect his batting, so he’ll be left alone to rest it for a couple of days.


That’s about all that’s exciting around the Sox clubhouse thus far. Schilling was lounging around earlier today in preparation for his return to the rotation. But that’s it.

And, with that, the lineups…

Red Sox
1. Coco Crisp, CF
2. Mark Loretta, 1B
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Mike Lowell, 3B
5. Trot Nixon, RF
6. Jason Varitek, C
7. Eric Hinske, LF
8. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
9. Alex Cora, SS
SP Curt Schilling

1. Luis Castillo, 2B
2. Nick Punto, 3B
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Michael Cuddyer, RF
5. Justin Morneau, 1B
6. Torii Hunter, CF
7. Rondell White, LF
8. Jason Tyner, DH
9. Jason Bartlett, SS
SP Boof Bonser

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