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July 22, 2008 8:29 PM

Boston Red Sox at Mariners: 07/22 game thread

Posted by Geoff Baker

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******* NOTE: Jeff Clement leaves game with thumb injury; Bedard has no serious injury *******

I told you earlier, they've pulled out all the stops tonight just in case Manny Ramirez wants to try something. You don't mess with Seattle's finest.

OK, we've got an update on Erik Bedard's MRI. The team is saying it confirmed the club's original diagnosis of a left shoulder impingement. What does that mean? A sore shoulder, says the club. So, no serious structural damage from what we're being told. Bedard will now continue with his regular rehabilitation program. Not sure whether that means throwing outdoors, or in a batting cage, or what. But I'm sure they'll tell us sooner or later.

Jeff Clement is out of the game. The nail on his thumb tore off when it was clipped by that ball. That's why you don't grab on to the protective screen behind home plate, or stick your hands out car windows...that sort of thing.

Boston just pushed three more runs across in the fifth to grab a 4-0 lead. An infield hit by Jacoby Ellsbury, and a single by Dustin Pedroia, that dropped just out of Raul Ibanez's reach, left runners at the corners with none out. Ellsbury scored on a sacrifice fly by J.D. Drew. Manny Ramirez then singled to left, and Mike Lowell doubled to score Pedroia. After an intentional walk, Jed Lowrie hit a sacrifice fly to left.

Might as well be 10-0 the way the M's, two-hit to this point, are looking.

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7:41 p.m.: Manny Ramirez, pictured above, behaved well in the first inning and did not jaywalk down the line to first base following a walk issued by R.A. Dickey. Right before that, J.D. Drew tagged a full count offering from Dickey and put the ball in the right field bleachers. So, it's a 1-0 lead for Boston.

The Red Sox loaded the bases with two out in the second inning, but Dickey got Drew to fly out to right. Jeff Clement hurt his thumb on his throwing hand that frame when he went to catch a foul pop up near the screen. Clement gripped the screen with his hands, but the ball -- out of play behind it -- wound up clipping the thumb on the way back down to the seats. He stayed in the game briefly, but has now been replaced by Kenji Johjima to start the third inning.

The lineups:

RED SOX (58-43)

46 Jacoby Ellsbury LF
15 Dustin Pedroia 2B
7 J.D. Drew RF
24 Manny Ramirez DH
25 Mike Lowell 3B
20 Kevin Youkillis 1B
12 Jed Lowrie SS
33 Jason Varitek C
10 Coco Crisp CF

18 Daisuke Matsuzaka RHP

MARINERS (38-61)

51 Ichiro RF
4 Jose Lopez 2B
28 Raul Ibanez LF
3 Jose Vidro DH
29 Adrian Beltre 3B
8 Jeremy Reed CF
9 Jeff Clement C
39 Bryan LaHair 1B
5 Yuniesky Betancourt SS

41 R.A. Dickey RHP

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