Hurting Manny, Coco scratched from Red Sox lineup

Updated: September 11, 2006, 3:00 AM ET
Associated Press

BOSTON -- Boston Red Sox outfielders Manny Ramirez and Coco Crisp missed Sunday's game against the Kansas City Royals with injuries.

Ramirez sat with a sore right knee while Crisp was out with an injured left index finger. Both are expected to return Tuesday in Baltimore following Monday's off day.

Ramirez was on the original lineup card batting fourth and playing left field, but manager Terry Francona replaced him with Wily Mo Pena three hours before the game.

"He said it hurts today, so we had him in there and took him out," Francona said.

Ramirez returned to Boston's lineup Monday after missing 10 of 11 games with a sore right knee. He's hitting .318 with 34 homers and 101 RBI, but has gone 2-for-16 since returning.

Crisp, who broke his left index finger in April and missed 42 games, said he irritated the injury in the fourth inning Saturday night when he hit a ball off the end of the bat. Crisp remained in the game until the 12th inning, when David Murphy replaced him in center field.

Gabe Kapler started in center in place of Crisp, who is hitting .263 with 20 stolen bases.


Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press

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