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Grand old time for Francona

Terry Francona will manage his 1,000th Red Sox game today. Only three other managers in team history have been on the bench for more games. The longevity list:

Joe Cronin (1935-47): 2,007

Pinky Higgins (1955-62): 1,119

Bill Carrigan (1913-16, 1927-29): 1,003

Francona (2004- ): 999

By the time the season is over, Francona will be in second place.

Meanwhile, Francona will face one of the toughest decisions of his tenure today. Mike Lowell is 5 for 5 with four doubles in the last two games. David Ortiz was 0 for 4 last night with two strikeouts and two double plays. He’s hitting .149.

So who should DH tonight?

“Mike Lowell!” screams the populace.

Oh yeah? Ortiz is 9 of 23 with five extra-base hits and five walks against Angels starter Joel Pineiro. That’s a 1.265 OPS. Ortiz hasn’t faced Pineiro since 2006, but the numbers are what they are.

Lowell is 1 for 3 against Pineiro. All three ABs came on June 22, 2006 against the Cardinals.

Tough call for Francona. What would you do?

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