Wake and Rake

Red Sox starter Tim Wakefield, right, waits for a new ball as Tampa Bay Rays' Fernando Perez circles the bases after hitting a solo home run during the second inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008 in St. Petersburg, Fla.
(Jim Davis / Boston Globe Staff )

Tim Gets Smoked in Tampa
First Place Now a Wild-Goose Chase

Wednesday Night Box: Tampa Bay 10, David Ortiz 3
Globe: Rays Build on Position of Power
That Wasn't Your Father's Wakefield Who Owned the Rays
Surprise, Surprise, Surprise... Sox, Not Rays, Come Undone Under Pressure
Murderer's Row? Willy Aybar, Gabe Gross, and Fernando Perez Do All the Damage
Why Theo Needed to Read the Fine Print in Boras's J.D. Drew Powerpoint
While You Are Reading This, the Sox Are Making a Pitching Change
Hopefully Jason Bay Isn't Scheduled for Diaper Duty in October
36,048? Must Have Been Free Beer Night at Tropicana Field
Sox Fan Puts Up More Fight Than the Happy-to-be-in-Second Sox
Looking for Glove in All the Wrong Places

"They're not the team we're used to playing. They're very, very good. They're not a team to take for granted now." -- 9.17.08, Wake breaks the bad news to us


Death, Taxes, and Nomar Going Down

Dodgers' Nomar Garciaparra is helped by trainer Stan Conte after injuring his left knee rounding third base on a fifth inning single by Dodgers' Pablo Ozuna against the Pittsburgh Pirates in a baseball game in Pittsburgh Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008. Garciaparra was tagged out by Pirates catcher Ryan Doumit to end the inning. Garciaparra left the game.
(AP)

Rare Garciaparra Injury Could Derail Dodgers Run
And Get This Tito:
Manny Doesn't Want a Day Off Down the Stretch

Iron Manny: 'I'm Cal Ripken'

"I mentioned a day off to Manny [Ramirez] and he said he doesn't need a day off and that was the end of that conversation," said Dodgers manager Torre, who earlier said he hoped to give Thursday's game off for Ramirez, who hasn't missed a game since his July 31 acquisition. "We'll keep playing him, and if we continue to win, we'll deal with it later."

Ramirez, a free agent after this season, confirmed he doesn't need a rest.

'I'm Cal Ripken,' he said." -- 9.17.08, MLB.com

Next Up: Manny Look-alike Contest Before Saturday's Game in LA
Yesterday's News: Schilling, Merloni Gang Up on Forgotten Manny

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Boston Globe:

Red Sox agree to deal with Pierzynski > Sox non-tender Bailey, Kalish > Sox face arbitration decisions

Boston Herald:

Sox set Bailey, Kalish free > Doug Fister dealt to Nats > White Sox agree to 1-year contract with C Flowers

ProJo:

Pierzynski reaches deal with Red Sox > Kalish, Bailey non-tendered > Mike Napoli still ideal at first base > Middlebrooks, Red Sox both looking for improvement

NY Post:

Cashman pessimistic on Yankees re-signing Cano > Report: A-Rod called PEDs 'Food'

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