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By DAMIAN CRISTODERO
Published April 22, 2005
WHAT'S NEW: It hasn't been enough to keep him out of the lineup (though he left two games early this week), but leftfielder Manny Ramirez, one of the Red Sox's hottest hitters, has been bothered by a sore left quadriceps. Manager Terry Francona told Boston reporters he has noticed Ramirez compensating when he runs.
INJURIES: Pitcher Wade Miller (shoulder) is on the disabled list and rehabbing at Double-A Portland. Outfielder Adam Stern (broken thumb) also is on the disabled list.
STREAKS: Boston is the only team in the majors that had not allowed a first-inning run. It has won seven of eight and four straight over the Rays dating to last season's final game.
WHO'S HOT: Ramirez has five home runs in his previous 16 at-bats and is hitting .438 (7-for-16) with 13 RBIs.
WHO'S NOT: Shortstop Edgar Renteria, who is in the first year of a four-year, $40-million deal, is hitting .203 overall and .125 (4-for-32) on the road.
SERIES: Boston is 3-0 this season and leads 78-38.
KEEP IN MIND: Ramirez's blast Tuesday against the Blue Jays landed on the edge of a parking lot beyond the Green Monster and is believed to be one of the longest ever hit at Fenway Park, possibly more than 500 feet.
THEY SAID IT: "Wow. That was probably the farthest ball I've ever seen hit in my life. The guy is special. To get a chance to watch him, you don't want to miss a swing." - Red Sox first baseman Kevin Millar on Ramirez's home run.