Francona has 'no comment' on Manny


Francona has 'no comment' on Manny

BOSTON -- The highlights of Terry Francona's pregame meeting with the media Saturday:

-- On Manny Ramirez' retirement amid reports he was about to be suspended again for the use of illegal performance-enhancing drugs: "I really don't have a comment. He's not our player. I really don't know anything about it."

-- On whether MLB will ever get the drug issue in the past: "I think it's unfair to hold baseball to that. Do you think life is going to get away from the drug issue?"

-- On Carl Crawford leading off: "I think he's going to be confident in any spot. If you're asking guys to mold themselves into one spot, you're asking for trouble."

The lineups:

Brett Gardner LF
Carl Crawford LF
Derek Jeter SS
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
David Ortiz DH
Nick Swisher RF
J.D. Drew RF
Curtis Granderson CF
Jed Lowrie SS
Eric Chavez DH
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Russell Martin C
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Ivan Nova P
Clay Buchholz P

Ortiz quells comeback speculation: 'My playing time has expired'


Ortiz quells comeback speculation: 'My playing time has expired'

Forget that cryptic Tweet to the Globe. David Ortiz isn't walking through that door, fans. At least not as a player.

"My playing time has already expired," Ortiz told ESPN Deportes. "Baseball is not something that you wake up today and you say, 'I'll play tomorrow.' Baseball is something that carries a lot of sacrifice, a lot of preparation, and there is a reason why we train the entire year to play it, practice every day, especially during the season, because it is a sport of consistency."

No one really thought he was contemplating a comeback, but last week he Tweeted this . . .

. . . and that raised hopes that he'd changed his mind.

Not so.