AL: Red Sox fans go sour on Ramirez

Associated Press
Published July 30, 2005

BOSTON - With trade rumors about Manny Ramirez swirling around Fenway Park and the fans booing the outfielder every time he stepped to the plate, the Red Sox proved once again they can win under duress.

John Olerud hit a grand slam and Boston scored three runs after a single by Johnny Damon, as the Red Sox beat Minnesota 8-5 Friday night for their third straight win.

Ramirez went 0-for-3 with a strikeout and a walk in his first game at Fenway Park since it was reported he asked Red Sox management to trade him. David Ortiz, one of Ramirez's closest friends on the team, expressed dismay at the fans' treatment of the mercurial slugger and said he couldn't picture the Red Sox without him.

"It's a crazy situation, but I don't think what our fans did today to Manny was fair, at all," Ortiz said.

"His numbers are always there every year, and this town should never feel that way about Manny Ramirez. If Manny's out of here, it's going to be hard on everybody. It's as simple as that. ... How are you going to replace a guy like that?"

Bronson Arroyo, the subject of persistent trade rumors over the past two weeks, held Minnesota scoreless for six innings before allowing Joe Mauer's homer. The Hernando High graduate allowed three runs and five hits in 71/3 innings in one of his best outings of the season.

With the Red Sox leading 4-3 in the eighth, Olerud put the game out of reach with Boston's club record 10th grand slam of the season. The home run was the 250th of Olerud's career.

Mike Myers started the ninth for the Red Sox and allowed a one-out, two-run homer to Jacque Jones and an infield single to Justin Morneau before being relieved by Curt Schilling. Schilling retired the final two batters for his fourth save in five opportunities.

The Red Sox made it 3-0 in the fifth on Damon's single and two Minnesota errors on the play.

ANGELS 4, YANKEES 1: Garret Anderson hit a two-run homer and Bengie Molina also homered in the second, giving visiting Los Angeles all the runs it needed to end a four-game losing streak.

The Angels avoided their longest skid of the season and defeated New York for the sixth time in eight meetings this season.

Los Angeles was coming off an 18-inning loss in Toronto on Thursday night that trimmed its West lead to 31/2 games, and didn't arrive in New York until 4 a.m. Things could have been worse if the Angels had needed to find a new starting pitcher - which would have been necessary if their previous game had gone into the 19th.

Ervin Santana (6-4), who warmed up in the bullpen in the 18th against Toronto, was able to save his energy for the Yankees, whom he also beat six days earlier in Anaheim. He allowed six hits in 61/3 innings.

WHITE SOX 7, ORIOLES 2: Paul Konerko and Carl Everett each homered and drove in three runs to back a strong pitching performance by Orlando Hernandez for visiting Chicago.

During the game, the Orioles traded outfielder Larry Bigbie to Colorado for outfielder Eric Byrnes. Bigbie started the game, but was removed after the third inning. In his final at-bat with Baltimore, he struck out.

Konerko put the White Sox up 4-1 with a three-run drive off Erik Bedard in the third inning, and Everett, a Hillsborough High grad, made it 6-2 with a two-run shot off Todd Williams in the seventh.

RANGERS 4, BLUE JAYS 1: John Wasdin and three relievers combined on a six-hitter as Chan Ho Park's replacements for visiting Texas.

Park was scratched just before his scheduled start because the Rangers planned to trade him to the Padres for slugger Phil Nevin, a deal that awaited approval from the commissioner's office.

Wasdin started and allowed just one run and four hits in 42/3 innings.

INDIANS 10, MARINERS 5: Victor Martinez singled, doubled and hit a three-run homer in his first three at-bats for visiting Cleveland. Kevin Millwood pitched into the seventh before he was ejected for hitting Yuniesky Betancourt in the hip with his first pitch of the inning. Cleveland manager Eric Wedge was also tossed and both benches and bullpens emptied, but no punches were thrown. Shigetoshi Hasegawa plunked Cleveland's Grady Sizemore in the top of the seventh and was ejected by plate umpire Chris Guccione.

ATHLETICS 8, TIGERS 4: Mark Ellis hit a two-run homer and host Oakland overcame Rich Harden's poor start for their ninth victory in 10 games. Ellis' third homer of the season capped a four-run second for the A's, who have raced to the top of the wild-card standings by going 29-7 over the past six weeks. Harden allowed a career-high 12 hits and four runs through 51/3 innings.