Even without their top slugger, the Boston Red Sox continue to roll.
Ramirez, who leads the AL with 34 homers, fouled a ball off his left knee in the fourth inning of Friday’s 5-3 win over the Tigers and was replaced at the start of the fifth inning.
He sat out Saturday’s game to rest the injury, and manager Terry Francona said there was a possibility he could return Sunday. However, Ramirez could decide to rest the knee and return Tuesday for the opener of a three-game series with the Anaheim Angels, whom the Red Sox are battling in the AL wild-card race. Boston is off on Monday.
“He’s pretty sore,” Francona said. “I don’t think he thinks it’s going to be anything that’s going to drag out, but he is pretty sore. He hit that ball pretty hard. Manny’s hurting a little bit.”
Even without Ramirez, Boston beat Detroit 5-1 on Saturday for its 11th win in 12 games. With eight strikeouts on Saturday, Pedro Martinez passed Chuck Finley and moved into 20th place on the all-time strikeout list with 2,614.
“This is not a boring clubhouse, or dugout,” Francona said. “I think these guys feel good about each other. … They look like they care about each other. They stick together. Of course it’s easier to do that when you’re winning.”
Red Sox closer Keith Foulke got another night off to heal his aching back, which made him unavailable on Friday
Craig Monroe doubled in Detroit’s only run. The Tigers have lost four of six following a three-game winning streak.