Friday September 03, 2010 | 11:17 PM

Sox rained out. Yankees and Rays win. Boston trails New York by 8.5 and Tampa Bay by 7.

Think Boston needs to sweep today's doubleheader?

Even though the Red Sox were rained out, "news" came out of Fenway as the newest White Sox player, Manny Ramirez, spoke to the media and said his controversial departure from Boston in 2008 was all his fault. According to the media reports coming out of Boston, Ramirez did not go into details on why he behaved the way he did.

Ramirez said he apologized to Kevin Youkilis for their altercation two years ago. But only Manny can slip in a compliment while saying he was wrong. He is quoted as saying, "it takes a real man to go and tell a person it was my fault, and that's what I did."

Meanwhile there was baseball played on Friday.

Pawtucket's Josh Reddick (.269) was 2-for-5 and Bubba Bell (.300) was 3-for-5 ... Michael Bowden pitched a 1-2-3 inning (10 pitches, 8 strikes).

Kyle Weiland pitched better than his line (5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 5 K). Had Portland played better defense, he would have allowed no runs ... Che-Hsuan Lin (.274) was 3-for-5 ... Luis Exposito (.261) knocked in two runs and had 92 RBI ... Ryan Lavarnway (.288) also had two RBI, giving him 98 for the season (Salem and Portland).

Salem starter Stolmy Pimentel pitched six innings (5 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 8 K).


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