Crisp wanted to go straight to Pawtucket, but was overruled. Francona:
We don't want him to [injure himself] because he's trying so hard to come back. He looked at me like I was crazy when I mentioned [extended spring], but I thought it was a great idea. ... He can play center field, he can lead off every inning. ... If he needs the at-bats, he can stay and play the game [Sunday]. It's a 6:05 game. Then he could fly to Toronto the next day.Manny Is Evil, Part 57: Tony Massarotti rails against Manny Ramirez's "inexcusable showboating" on his home run last night, adding that he's liable to get a "fastball in the ribs". Mazz also quotes Mr. Yankee, Johnny Damon: "Yeah, we're upset by that, but Manny's done it many times before."
More Damon: "Getting these big hits against the Red Sox? Yeah, I love it. ... It's their loss. They know it, and I know it." ... In their first 43 games, the Red Sox have scored 35 runs out of the leadoff spot -- the exact same rate as last year. And Kevin Youkilis's .423 OBP is far better than Johnny's .357. ... Sorry, buddy, I know how badly you want to feel missed, but it ain't happenin'.
J.T. Snow says he's content remaining with the Red Sox (especially over being dealt to a non-contender):
My salary, my age, probably work against me, but I'd be fully happy staying here. I'm totally fine staying here and playing on a winner. ... We've all been in Kevin Youkilis' spot where you get your shot, and it's time to perform. And he's doing it, and I'm happy for him. Anyone who plays the game wants to play more. I don't know anybody who wants to sit around on the bench. ... Hopefully, these guys can win me a ring.No Support: When Wakefield left last night's game, the Sox had scored only one run. In five of Wakefield's 10 starts, his teammates have scored one or zero runs while he was in the game.