Manny Ramirez's return gets upstaged by Roger Clemens

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Dodgers manager Joe Torre already took a little bit of the fun out of Manny Ramirez’s return to Boston by announcing on Thursday that he would be the designated hitter during the series. And after all the hype and anticipation, Ramirez received what could best be described as a mixed reaction from the Boston crowd before he flew out to lead off the top of the second inning.

Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe brings word that a Manny tribute video shown during the game received only “tepid applause” from the crowd. So much for nostalgia.

In truth, most of the buzz before the game transitioned to a report by Peter Abraham of the Boston
Globe that claimed that not only would Roger Clemens be attending Friday’s
game, he
would be sitting in the “Monster Seats
.” It sounded like a silly rumor at first, but Clemens actually did it.

Rob Bradford of WEEI.com provides us with the photo evidence. Ian Browne of MLB,com writes that reporters approached Clemens, however he declined comment.

Report: Glen Perkins will retire from baseball

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According to MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger, Twins GM Thad Levine told 1390 Granite City Sports that reliever Glen Perkins will retire.

Perkins, 34, has battled shoulder injuries over the last two years, limiting him to a total of 7 2/3 innings between 2016-17. His decision doesn’t come as much of a surprise given the circumstances. The Twins declined his $6.5 million club option back in October, making him a free agent.

Across parts of 12 seasons, all with the Twins, Perkins compiled a 3.88 ERA with 120 saves and a 504/158 K/BB ratio in 624 1/3 innings. He ranked among baseball’s best closers from 2013-15, racking up 102 of those saves with a 3.08 ERA. The lefty made the American League All-Star team in each of those three seasons.