In a special edition of his mailbag, he answers his critics
I would like to think that after 10 years of covering the Sox for the Globe, most of you have found me to be reasonably even-handed, but clearly that is not the case for everyone and I accept that. ... In the time he has been here, there hasn't been a single occasion in which Manny Ramirez has acted in any way toward me that could be characterized as abusive or overtly hostile. I would suggest that given what I've written about him on occasion, it would have been understandable had he responded differently.and then posts 23 of the messages (pro and con) he received.
Matt Clement had exploratory shoulder surgery on Tuesday and doctors found what Terry Francona called "significant damage ... it was a little more extensive than we had hoped for".
I wish I could have seen the pregame ceremony last night, with Nanci Foxx Canaday (Jimmie Foxx's daughter) and Linda Ruth Tosetti (Babe Ruth's granddaughter) honoring David Ortiz. NESN did have a brief interview with the two women during the game.
Pitchers for the final series, against Baltimore: Julian Tavarez, Tim Wakefield, and then either Devern Hansack, Kason Gabbard, or Kyle Snyder.