April 21, 2006

7 7/8THS-8, THANKS:

Manny finds power stroke (Michael Silverman, April 22, 2006, Boston Herald)

One of the only bright spots emitted from last night’s 7-6, 12-inning Red Sox loss was that Manny Ramirez rediscovered his home run stroke.

Ramirez’ first home run of the season came in the third inning, a flick of a 97-mph A.J. Burnett fastball on a 3-1 count that sailed the opposite way over the fence in right field. Five innings later, Ramirez, who has hits in six of his last seven games, again flicked his bat across the plate to reach for a Scott Schoeneweis offering, homer No. 2 of the season sailing into the right-field bleachers.

After beginning this season with a career-worst 16-game homer drought, Ramirez appears primed to begin one of his patented rolls.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 21, 2006 11:58 PM

Now he has as many homers as Bronson Arroyo.

Kick is tho that Bronson hit his off a major league -- albeit nl -- pitcher, not some dude whose arm was about to fall off and who had to be removed from the game b/c of the injury.

Actually, I think that was the clue the Blue Jays had that AJ was cooked. Overheard in the Jays' dugout: "Manny hit one off of him? Uh-oh. What's wrong with A.J.?"

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at April 22, 2006 11:31 AM

Not only that, but before last night's game Manny not only had no homers, he only had 1, count it, one extra base hit. A double.

Sluggin even after last night is an anemic .383.

Which is all just another way of saying 7 3/8.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at April 22, 2006 11:35 AM