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Francona says Manny scratched for good of team

Updated: July 31, 2005, 10:13 AM ET
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BOSTON -- Boston Red Sox outfielder Manny Ramirez got the night off to clear his head while the team attempts to trade him and shed his salary. He will also miss Sunday's game, manager Terry Francona said, meaning the World Series MVP wouldn't take the field again until after the trading deadline passes.

"I think it's not just in our best interest, but in our ballclub's best interest, that he sit, clear his head, take a few deep breaths," Francona said after the Red Sox beat Minnesota 6-2 without ...

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