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Little denies punishing Red Sox slugger

Updated: September 2, 2003, 11:02 PM ET
Associated Press

CHICAGO -- Manny Ramirez was not in the starting lineup for Tuesday night's 2-1 win against the Chicago White Sox even though he was healthy enough to play.

Manager Grady Little denied he was punishing his slugger for going out when he was supposed to be sick in bed.

"He is available to DH today, but my decision to wait is: I like the way our club has responded the last few days,'' Little told reporters before the game. "I'm putting the team out there that I feel gives us ...

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