Manny Ramirez likes to admire his work.
Ramirez stood and watched his second homer of the game as it flew into the right-centerfield bleachers in the eighth inning to help the Boston Red Sox to an 8-7 win over the visiting Seattle Mariners last night.
Ramirez watched from the batter's box for several seconds as the ball sailed over the Red Sox bullpen on a 3-2 pitch. By the time it had landed, he was only 10 feet down the first-base line.
His two-run homer in the fourth gave Boston a 7-5 lead.
Daisuke Matsuzaka struggled with his control, and trailed, 5-0, after the first inning. He allowed seven runs, five hits and five walks in five innings. He has a 5.45 ERA and has walked 15 in 38 innings.
Brendan Donnelly (1-1) got the win.
The attendance of 37,216 was the largest at Fenway Park since World War II.
In other games:
* At Arlington, Texas, Doug Mientkiewicz hit a two-run homer as the New York Yankees beat the Rangers, 5-2, to complete a day-night doubleheader sweep. Mike Mussina (1-1) got the win in his return from a hamstring injury. In the opener, Hideki Matsui followed Jerry Hairston's tying homer with a go-ahead double in the eighth to lead the Yankees, 4-3.
* At Cleveland, Grady Sizemore hit a tiebreaking double in the eighth inning, and the Indians rallied from a four-run deficit to beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 6-5, and complete a three-game sweep.
* At St. Petersburg, Fla., James Shields (3-0) gave up three runs over 7 1/3 innings as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays beat Minnesota, 6-4. The Twins' Torii Hunter extended his career-high hitting streak to 18 games with an eighth-inning single.
* At Kansas City, Gil Meche (3-1) allowed two hits in seven innings, retiring 17 straight batters after Vladimir Guerrero's two-run homer in the first and leading the Royals over the Angels, 5-2.
* The Yankees put injured rookie pitcher Phil Hughes on the disabled list with a hamstring injury and will bring up righthanders Darrell Rasner and Matt DeSalvo to fill their depleted rotation for their weekend series against Seattle. They are on track to become the first team in major league history to use 10 starters in its first 30 games.
Meanwhile, pitcher Carl Pavano (forearm) will be examined by the noted orthopedist, Dr. James Andrews.