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Drew Out of Lineup

BOSTON (AP) -- J.D. Drew, who hit the decisive home run for Boston in the second game of the playoff series against the Los Angeles Angels, was not in the lineup for Game 3 on Sunday night because of his ailing back.
Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell returned to the lineup after missing Game 2 with a hip injury. But Drew, who did not play from Aug. 17 until Sept. 24, was given a day off to rest after playing two games in three days.
The Red Sox tried for a sweep Sunday night.
"J.D. is physically doing pretty well," Boston manager Terry Francona said. "I know normally you get to this time of year and you send eight or nine guys out there and just stay with it. I don't know that, the way we're built right now, that's the best way to do it."
Angels manager Mike Scioscia dropped second baseman Howie Kendrick, who spent most of his time this season batting seventh, to eighth in the order. Kendrick was hitless in his first nine at-bats of the series.

By Tom Heleba  |  October 5, 2008; 5:28 PM ET
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Posted by: Non-Sox Nation | October 5, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Oh, all season I've listened to people here pine for Torii Hunter. Well Torii Hunter just gave away three runs by letting a pop-up fall. The Angels should be up 3-0 in an elimination game.

"Regular season baseball gaffes have early expiration dates. The season is long and the gaffes many. Then, fans vent and move on to howl about fresh outrages.Columnists pontificate, radio hosts preach and stream righteous words into the ether. Then somebody else screws up and we get another blank page to work on. A baseball season is
a feast with many courses. But postseason gaffes have a longer half-life than the melted down nuclear reactor at Chernobyl."

Bill Conlin

Torii Hunter is glowing bright green.

Posted by: flynnie | October 5, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Torii Hunter should name his next kid Napoli. But he's still glowing until the Angels win this game.

Posted by: flynnie | October 5, 2008 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Torii Hunter, buy Mike Napoli a very expensive meal for starters - he has saved you from membership in the Billy Buckner Hall of Fame.

Posted by: flynnie | October 6, 2008 12:49 AM | Report abuse

Tell me about it...

"But postseason gaffes have a longer half-life than the melted down nuclear reactor at Chernobyl."

Posted by: NR Bill Buckner | October 6, 2008 9:06 AM | Report abuse

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