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Open Thread: 8/17/05 @ DET

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Manny feels "beat up" and isn't in the lineup today. Manny feels beat up? Try being Mike Remlinger, Manny. He gave up a grand slam in the 10th inning last night, but thankfully we still won, 10-7. And he can just smell that DFA coming to knock on his door.

How about that David Ortiz, huh? When he came up in the 9th I had a feeling that Ortiz was going to hit a home run. I'm not lieing either. Ortiz up against a fireballer such as Fernando Rodney? That's money right there. Then it was the 3-1 count, and you could really see a home run coming. It's funny -- I can never sense, or feel, a home run from Manny Ramirez. But with Ortiz it tends to happen most often.

We can't talk about last night's game without mentioning Captain Jason Varitek. Varitek had a similar line as Ortiz (both went 2-for-5, 2 HR, 4 RBI) and pushed his home run total to 20 on the season which ties a career high. This has definitely been Varitek's best season as a pro as he's been on of our best hitters.

David Wells (9-5, 4.43 ERA) toes the mound for Boston as he is still waiting word on his appeal of his suspension. It's been over a month I believe, and yet he is still pitching.

One of the best young pitchers in the game Jeremy Bonderman (13-9, 3.96 ERA) is pitching for the Tigers today. Bonderman has gone 8 or more innins in five of his last eight starts. So he's been really good, and can definitely go all 9.