Extra Notes. Byung-Hyun Kim probably will not return this season. Theo: "We're focused on getting him back on track for 2005. We're laying out a plan from this day to the first day in spring training." ... Terry Francona says Pokey Reese will be used mostly as a late-inning defensive replacement at second base. ... Tito on Arroyo's blond cornrows: "I looked at Bronson yesterday and I thought he'd lost his mind. It's the first time I ever looked in the mirror and was glad I was bald." ... Kevin Millar's latest t-shirt slogan? "Tell 'em we're coming" on the front and "And hell is coming with us ... Cowboy Up" on the back.
In Friday's Herald, Tony Massarotti looked at Johnny Damon's performance during the team's recent surge. Updating part of his article to include the last two games: "Since Aug. 16, when the Red Sox began a stretch during which they had posted a 21-3, Damon has served as the team's leadoff hitter on 19 occasions. In his first at-bat of those contests, Damon has gone 10-for-17 with a pair of walks and twice reached on errors. He has been on base 14 times and scored 12 runs. During that span, the Red Sox have outscored their opponents in the first inning by the overwhelming margin of 33-8."