Boston Red Sox defeat Baltimore Orioles, 3-2

BALTIMORE - Manny Ramírez was back in Boston yesterday from his weekend hiatus at home in south Florida, according to Red Sox manager Terry Francona, and today is expected to pick up a bat to determine where he is in his recovery from a strained oblique.

"I think it's an important day, to see how he does," Francona said. "That will be a good indicator."

A mashing cleanup hitter can make a big difference. You need only look at what Alex Rodriguez - who has homered in ...

Another injury

The Orioles' rotation can't take many more hits or the club will be auditioning fans to make starts. After determining that Erik Bedard needed to be shut down for the rest of the season, the Orioles lost Jeremy Guthrie yesterday to a strained left oblique. Guthrie threw a pitch to the Boston Red Sox's Jason Varitek in the sixth and hobbled off the mound. It took only one warm-up toss for Guthrie to determine that he couldn't continue, and he headed to the...

The bullpen gates swing open at Camden Yards, and the starting pitcher begins to make the long, slow walk to his team's dugout. Fans who aren't standing immediately jump to their feet and scream in support, raising the decibel level to rock-concert proportions without the amplifiers.

The scene wouldn't have been so unusual yesterday if the reception were given to Orioles pitcher Jeremy Guthrie. This is his ballpark, his turf, and these are supposed to be his people. But...

As soon as the last pitch that Orioles rookie Jeremy Guthrie will likely throw from a major league mound this season settled into the mitt of catcher Ramon Hernandez, Guthrie headed straight to the dugout. His head was down and his thoughts were so obscured by the pain that he felt in his left side that he forgot about the small group of Orioles who had gathered on the mound behind him.

Guthrie needed just one warm-up pitch to conclude that he couldn't go on, and his la...