No Manny Ramirez (knee), no David Ortiz (rapid heart beat, back to Boston for tests). Things officially can get no worse for the Red Sox. Mirabelli and Wily Pena also are still out, meaning that Francona has one reserve (Gabe Kapler) at his disposal tonight.
The last time the Red Sox went to battle without Manny and Ortiz? PR savant Peter Chase points out that it was Oct. 2, 2004, in the first game of a doubleheader at Baltimore. Of course, the Red Sox had already clinched a playoff berth at that time.
This looks like a Spring Training lineup. As someone cracked here up in the press box, the Red Sox actually might have been fined in Spring Training for not bringing enough regulars to the game. Any of you who have attended a road, Red Sox Spring Training game can relate to what i’m saying.
Those fans who have tickets for this weekend might wintess the returns of both Varitek and Nixon. Will it be too late to save this team?