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Monday, July 19, 2004

Sox split series - Angels go down 6-2.  Box score.
Sox bats were effectively non-existent through the first five innings but came to life after a single by Damon, a walk by Bellhorn and a three-run homer from Ortiz in the sixth.  Curt Schilling pitched a great game, holding the Angels to only one run over eight innings.  Even more encouraging was the fact that Schill pitched without any Marcaine shots in his ankle yesterday, and that Tim Wakefield's CT scan came back negative, so that's two less players to worry about. 
Unfortunately, there are still two questions that remain unanswered:
1) When will Ortiz's suspension be handed down, and how fricking long will it be?  Milton Bradley got 4 games for throwing all those baseballs on the field, and none of them came close to an umpire.  They are also calling Ortiz shoving Francona into the umpires "contact," so the suspension could be a lengthy one.  If it is five games or less, the Sox are said to be encouraging Ortiz not to appeal and just serve the suspension since he would be back in time for the series vs. the Yanks.  He should get the news today or tomorrow.
2) Is Manny ever going to decide to play again?  I don't really understand this clusterfuck situation.  Terry says that he doesn't want to mess up his defensive game by having Manny DH and thereby having to put Ortiz at first base, and although Manny COULD perform in a DH role, Francona doesn't want him in the lineup until he can play left field.  Meanwhile, Manny is bopping along, talking about how he is a pinch hitting specialist, saying that he'll come back when he's ready, and refusing to answer "stupid questions."  What the fuck is going on here?  This shit is annoying as hell.  Could everyone just pull their shit together and start acting like a bunch of professionals??  
The Sox start a two-game series against the Mariners tonight, and if ever there was a team ripe for a sweep it's Seattle.