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Red Sox catcher Kevin Cash finally gave publishers, editors, and producers in the Boston media a chance to use his name as a pun in their headlines. Count me in that mix, as the Sox “cashed in” in a win over the Diamondbacks 5-0 to take the series thanks to a three-run, eighth-inning HR from Cash. It was his first home run as a member of the Red Sox and his first overall since 2005.
Before the game, Sox DH David Ortiz took 25 light practice swings to test his injured wrist. Ortiz saw progress because he could actually lift and swing a bat, which he couldn’t do soon after the injury occured last month. Ortiz said it may take him two or three more weeks to recover and return to the Red Sox lineup. The Red Sox have been OK so far, so we will see how things go.
Sox Stud of the Game:
Not often do I name a player Sox Stud if he doesn’t get one RBI in the game, but credit Mike Lowell for getting on base three times. He went 2-3 with a walk and three runs scored. He scored the first two Red Sox runs in the second and sixth off Randy Johnson, and on Kevin Cash‘s three-run shot in the eigth.
Diamond Dud of the Game:
Rarely a Dud, Manny Ramirez did not have a good game against the D-Backs Wednesday night. Manny went 0-4 with three strikeouts. He didn’t earn a golden sombrero, but still too close for comfort.