Sox Get a Manny-cure
Red Sox manager Terry Francona (left) who had some praise for SS Jed Lowrie (right) during his post game press conference, gives him a hand as he comes into the dugout after scoring in the fourth inning.
(Boston Globe Staff Photo / Jim Davis)

Plenty of Broom for Improvement as Pathetic Athletics Are
Just What the Doctor Ordered to Get Sox Back on Track

Sunday Afternoon Box: Boston 5, Oakland 2
Globe: Sox Feeling Neat After Sweep of A's
Daisuke Matsuzaka (12-2), the Six-Inning Win Machine
Jed Wowrie: Red-Hot Shortstop Drives a Triple to the Triangle
Bay Watch: He's No Ram, But J-Bay Has Two Hits, Two Runs, and a Fires His Gun
Manny Trade Makes Okajima, Delcarmen, and Paps Pitch Better Too
At the End of a Manny-Less Weekend, Bay and Sox 3 Games Behind Rays

"He's giving us a lot of production. In limited at-bats he's gotten some big hits, some timely hits, but he's played the game and blended in like our young guys do. Mixed in with some veterans, he's helping us win games." -- 8.3.08, Terry Francona of starting shortstop Jed Lowrie


Manny's Having a Monster Start Out West

Manny Ramirez tips his batting helmet to the crowd as they cheer his solo home run in the fifth inning during an MLB baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Sunday, Aug. 3, 2008 in Los Angeles.
(AP Photo)

LA Ram Rakes Against Snakes

LA Times: Manny Powers Dodgers to Another Win
T.J. Simers: Torre Should Dread Day Manny Cuts His Hair
Blue Notes: Manny Brings Energy, Enthusiasm to Deadbeat Dodgers
More Curtain Calls at Chavez Ravine as Manny Homers Again in 4-for-5 Effort
LA Ram Career with Dodgers: 8-for-13, 2 HR, 5 RBIs in 3 Games

"WOW!! I went to the game on Friday and Sunday, and unless you're there, it's hard to describe the engery in the ballbark with Manny there. Lots of fans stand up and give him a standing ovation before he comes to the plate, or runs off the field...pretty amazing! I think the fans (me included) are showing their appreciation for a guy who can deliver with runners on base.

"And you can just tell by reading the body language of the other players that they are also engergized and it looks like they are having fun too!!...maybe Manny is reminding these guys that baseball is a pretty simple game, you see the ball and hit the ball, so have fun playing ball!" -- 8.3.08, Adrian, Blue Notes comments


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