Manny gets mixed reception

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Manny Ramirez just batted at Fenway Park for the first time since being traded away from the Red Sox in 2008. He was booed fairly loudly, but thousands of fans were standing and applauding him as well. Call it an even split and fairly anti-climatic.


He swing at the first pitch from Felix Doubront — a 92-mpg fastball — and lined it to center where Mike Cameron made a knee-high catch. Then everybody cheered.

Manny jogged to first and did not acknowledge the crowd. The Red Sox showed a video tribute to Manny after the inning was over.

Here are the Manny updates as they happened tonight:

Top of the 2nd: Red Sox 3, Manny 0

Beltre lined out to end the inning. Now Manny will lead off the top of the second. He’s getting booed pretty loudly already. What a buzz in the crowd, the loudest all season.

Bottom of the 1st: Red Sox 3, Manny 0

It’s gone. That’s No. 8 for Drew, the former Dodger. Man, the Sox just hammer NL pitching.

Bottom of the 1st: Red Sox 2, Manny 0

Drew just hit a ball off the top of the wall. The umps called it a double and now the umpires will review it.

Bottom of the 1st: Red Sox 2, Manny 0

Pedroia singled with one out before David Ortiz drilled a two-run homer to center. Papi now has 274 home runs as a member of the Red Sox. That’s fifth all time and tied with … Manny Ramirez of course. It all comes together.


Middle of the 1st: Dodgers 0, Red Sox 0

The heck with Manny. How about Felix? Doubront just retired the side in order in his debut, striking out Kemp and getting two grounders. He threw six of his eight pitches for strikes.

Top of the 1st: Dodgers 0, Red Sox 0

The game started at 7:11 p.m. Felix Doubront got the first two outs. Now here’s Manny on deck getting booed.

UPDATE, 7:00 p.m.: The Los Angeles lineup is being introduced. Manny’s name got what I would say were 60 percent boos.

UPDATE, 6:57 p.m.: Just received confirmation that Roger Clemens will be at the game tonight and sitting in the Monster Seats.

UPDATE, 6:50 p.m.: There are a lot of Dodgers fans here. There are hundreds of blue shirts behind the visitor’s dugout. Mr. Dodger himself, Tommy Lasorda, has the primo seat next to the dugout.

UPDATE, 6:48 p.m.: Manny and Belliard are now in short center field taking to David Ortiz and Adrian Beltre. Papi had a hug for Manny when they split up to resume their sprints.

It’s 6:45, the game is roughly 25 minutes away … it’s time to check in with Manny Ramirez.

Wearing No. 99 and with his dreads hanging halfway down his back, Manny is in left field running sprints with Ronnie Belliard. He was booed when he popped his head out of the dugout.

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