Baltimore has beaten the Red Sox twice this year. Bedard started both games. Last night the Red Sox offense was Gabe Kapler and Wily Mo Pena. And that's it. We never had a chance. Tim Wakefield, after his long lay off, is back. He pitched servicably well, without pain. He gave up 4 runs. On other nights he would have had a chance. Last night they couldn't manage 4 HITS. Half that, in fact.
So the last 3 weeks of the season continues in unspectacular fashion, so unlike the first two thirds of first placeness. Those were the days. One more game against the O's before they come to Fenway to finish up the season. Manny was a do not play last night. I will go on record right now, again, and say that he should remain on the bench for the balance of the season, and get his knee taken care of as soon as he can. We want a healthy Manny Ramirez for next year. Or a healthy Manny Ramirez for trade bait. I don't know which way the club is going to go on this matter, but I hope he's with us, batting fourth, right behind Papi. Where he belongs.