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Red Sox beat Twins with Manny scratched

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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BOSTON -- Manny Ramirez just needs to clear his head and David Wells showed again that he can pitch through distractions.

With trade rumors swirling around Fenway Park after Ramirez was scratched just before the game, Wells allowed two runs in seven-plus innings as the Boston Red Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 6-2 on Saturday night.

Ramirez was removed from Boston's lineup just five minutes before the game.

The All-Star slugger is the key player in a much-discussed, three-team trade, which also involves the New York Mets and Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Red Sox manager Terry Francona said Ramirez got the night off after getting booed Friday.

"I visited with him and told him that I think, in not just the best interest, but our ballclub's best interest, that he sit and clear his head, take a few breaths." Francona said. "We'll go tonight, tomorrow and have an off-day Monday, and he agreed."

Ramirez, who insisted on having Wednesday off against Tampa Bay after Francona asked him to reconsider, ran onto the field with his teammates to celebrate after the game ended as the crowd chanted "Manny! Manny!" He was booed during Friday night's game.

Wells, who spent four seasons with the Yankees, certainly knows what it's like to be in the middle of controversy.

"I can't worry about all the distractions and all that kind of stuff," Wells said. "I've dealt with that crap throughout my whole career. ... But when its time to go out there between the lines I am focused on what I need to do."

John Olerud drove in three runs and Gabe Kapler had two hits and scored twice as Ramirez's replacement.

In a very unusual move, Red Sox security closed the street near the players' parking lot from the media and public during the game. A clubhouse attendant later took Ramirez's car and filled it with gas before parking it near the entrance.

"(Terry) knows what his job is," Boston's Johnny Damon said. "He wants Manny to get his head right. I think with everything going on it definitely is tough. Coming to Fenway, getting booed, some of it is deserved, some of it is not. Manny just needs to get used to it. He's a superstar."

Wells (9-5) took a shutout into the eighth and gave up seven hits, struck out three and didn't walk a batter. He gave up just four singles and allowed one runner to third in the first seven innings. It was his seventh win in eight decisions.

Chad Bradford got four outs and Mike Myers got the final two.

Olerud singled in a run off Kyle Lohse (7-10) in the first inning. The Red Sox made it 2-0 in the second on Edgar Renteria's run-scoring single after Kapler and Damon each singled.

"Wells pitched the ball very good," Minnesota's Ron Gardenhire said. "We really didn't have much going."

Bill Mueller hit an RBI triple in the third and Olerud's bases-loaded, two-run single off Terry Mulholland -- after David Ortiz was intentionally walked -- made it 5-0 in the sixth. Jason Varitek added an RBI single.

Mike Redmond had an RBI double and Juan Castro a run-scoring single in the eighth to chase Wells.

Lohse pitched five innings, giving up three runs on seven hits.

"It's frustrating. We're not doing a whole lot right it seems like," Lohse said. "Hopefully we can get out of it soon."

Wells got out of a first-and-third jam in the third when Justin Morneau and Mike Redmond bounced into fielder's choices.

When asked about the possibility of Ramirez being traded before the game, Francona said: "I have enough faith in the people that I work for that, if they make changes, it's going to make the team better.

"I wouldn't talk about Manny specifically in a trade," he said when asked again. "I'm going to talk about anybody. I wouldn't do that."

Notes

  • Ramirez, who usually arrives early, joked with security about cleaning out his locker when he came to the park around 10 a.m. to work out. He left just before 11 and returned later in the afternoon.
  • Red Sox OF Kapler received a standing ovation from the crowd during his first at-bat.
  • Boston designated OF Adam Hyzdu for assignment before the game and activated Kapler from the 15-day DL.
  • Twins SS Castro made a diving stop on Tony Graffanino's ball up the middle and flipped it with his glove to Bret Boone for a force at second in the fifth.
  • Ortiz walked four times, matching his career high.
 
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David Wells improves to 9-5, scattering seven hits over seven innings.  (AP)
David Wells improves to 9-5, scattering seven hits over seven innings. (AP)

Players of the Game
Boston

J. Damon
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
Boston

J. Olerud
AB 5
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
 
Minnesota Twins
Shannon Stewart, LF4010021 .283
Michael Cuddyer, 3B3010011 .263
   a- Terry Tiffee, PH-3B1000001 .192
Lew Ford, CF4000002 .248
Matthew LeCroy, DH3000010 .272
   b- Michael Ryan, PH-DH1000000 .262
Jacque Jones, RF4010000 .273
Bret Boone, 2B3010000 .221
Justin Morneau, 1B3110001 .252
Mike Redmond, C3111002 .267
Juan Castro, SS3011000 .250
Totals32272048 
a-lined out for Cuddyer in the 8th
b-flied out for LeCroy in the 9th
Batting
2B - Justin Morneau (14, Wells), Mike Redmond (5, Wells)
RBI - Mike Redmond (19), Juan Castro (26)
Team LOB - 3
Minnesota Twins
Kyle Lohse (L,7-10) 5733420 4.49
Terry Mulholland 0.1333100 5.98
Matt Guerrier 1.2300110 3.07
Juan Rincon 1100020 2.51
IBB - Ortiz by Terry Mulholland
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Lohse 110-66, Terry Mulholland 17-10, Matt Guerrier 33-19, Juan Rincon 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Lohse 9-4, Terry Mulholland 1-0, Matt Guerrier 3-1
Batters Faced - Kyle Lohse 26, Terry Mulholland 5, Matt Guerrier 9, Juan Rincon 3
Boston Red Sox
Johnny Damon, CF5130010 .340
Edgar Renteria, SS4121011 .272
David Ortiz, DH1100400 .297
John Olerud, 1B5023005 .274
Kevin Millar, LF4020102 .280
    Adam Stern, PR-RF0000000 .167
Jason Varitek, C4011112 .308
Tony Graffanino, 2B5110014 .297
Bill Mueller, 3B4011015 .286
Gabe Kapler, RF-LF4220001 .500
Totals3661466520 
Batting
2B - Johnny Damon (29, Guerrier)
3B - Bill Mueller (3, Lohse)
SH - Edgar Renteria (4)
RBI - Edgar Renteria (35), John Olerud 3 (17), Jason Varitek (45), Bill Mueller (44)
2-OUT RBI - Edgar Renteria (15), Bill Mueller (19)
CS - Adam Stern (1, 2nd base by Rincon/Redmond)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
DP - Mueller-Graffanino-Olerud, Olerud
Boston Red Sox
David Wells (W,9-5) 7722030 4.45
Chad Bradford 1.1000010 3.60
Mike Myers 0.2000000 3.18
Pitches-Strikes - David Wells 95-70, Chad Bradford 12-10, Mike Myers 14-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Wells 12-5, Chad Bradford 1-1, Mike Myers 1-1
Batters Faced - David Wells 27, Chad Bradford 3, Mike Myers 2
Game Information
Attendance - 35167
Game Time - 2:58
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Bruce Dreckman, First Base - Bill Hohn, Second Base - Gerry Davis, Third Base - Doug Eddings