The Sox obtained infielder Tony Graffanino from the Royals for Pawtucket outfielder Chip Ambres (.294 with 10 homers and 50 RBIs) and Single A pitcher Juan Cedeno . Graffanino had been playing third base for the Royals, but is expected to play second base for the Sox while Mark Bellhorn is on the disabled list.
Lefthander Alan Embree was designated for assignment. This was slightly surprising considering the 35-year-old had pitched better of late. The Sox have 10 days to deal Embree or release him. Embree was 1-4 with a save and a 7.65 ERA in 43 appearances. With lefthanders Mike Myers and John Halama , the Sox felt they were protected for the time being out of the bullpen. But the Sox are one of several teams (as many as 12 according to one major league source) pursuing Twins lefthanded reliever J.C. Romero .
Manny Ramirez moved to 37th on the all-time home run list with 415 (passing Darrell Evans ) by slugging his 25th homer, marking the 11th consecutive year he's hit that many. Ramirez has 14 homers in his last 30 games, beginning June 12 at Wrigley Field, when he snapped a 69-at-bat homerless drought . . . Jason Varitek is hitting .366 (26 for 71) with 17 RBIs against lefthanded pitching . . . . . . Kevin Millar got the start in right field with lefthander Casey Fossum starting for the Devil Rays, while John Olerud played first . . . [Alex Cora] made a great diving stop and strong throw on a Travis Lee grounder in the fifth . . . Former Sox manager Don Zimmer is here with the Devil Rays as a consultant . . . Former Sox pitcher Rich Gale was at the ballpark, as was Patriots quarterback Doug Flutie , who took infield practice with the Sox. Many players did not take part in infield practice because of the high temperatures, which were over 100 degrees on the field in the afternoon.