I don't want anybody to walk David and Manny and not pay the price or feel that they won't be paying the price. I think Youk can handle that responsibility. ... I like Youk hitting first a lot, but when you lose people you have to make some changes to stretch out your lineup, and we think this is the best possible way to do it.Overall, Youkilis's OBP is 71 points higher than Crisp's (.396 to .325). And in the leadoff spot, the difference is enormous.
Which batter would you want hitting ahead of the RBI guys? ... Memo to Tery: Pena can bat #5. Then Lowell and Crisp.AVG OBP SLG
Coco .228 .285 .291
Yook .300 .392 .450
Here's some good news: X-rays on Mark Loretta's left elbow were negative. ... Also: Doug Mirabelli took batting practice yesterday and hopes to play on Thursday. ... Tim Wakefield played catch from 120 feet. Francona said a return to the rotation in two weeks is a bit optimistic.