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Back pain sidelines Red Sox's O'Leary


CLEVELAND -- Troy O'Leary has been a symbol of the Boston Red Sox's season, a Milwaukee Brewers castoff who had a career season and contributed to an improbable division championship.

But the outfielder isn't part of the Boston postseason roster, after suffering back spasms during a workout Monday. Red Sox manager Kevin Kennedy replaced him on the playoff roster -- Reggie Jefferson and Matt Stairs, who had been vying for one spot, were both included on the final roster.

"Troy said normally in spring training he comes up with some kind of spasm like that," Kennedy said. "We don't know why it happened, but it did. . . . It's unfortunate, because he's had a great year [.308, 10 HRs, 49 RBIs] for us and we could really use him."

Raining on party

A steady rain wiped out pre-game batting practice and infield for both teams. Groundskeepers drained the tarp about a half-hour before the game was supposed to begin, depositing a lake of water in left field.

However, the field water drained quickly and the game began about a half-hour late.

Hanson is Indians nemesis

The Indians won 100 games this year and lost only 44, and three of those losses were against right-hander Erik Hanson, who starts tonight for the Red Sox.

"I don't know if there's any rhyme or reason to it," Hanson said. "I think it's part of just having a good day that day, and executing my pitches. This lineup reminds me of the Oakland lineup in the late '80s and early '90s. They have damage control throughout the lineup -- with [Jose] Canseco, [Mark] McGwire, [Rickey] Henderson and all the rest, they played for the three-run homer. That's more or less the way this team is."

Hargrove managing fine

Indians manager Mike Hargrove attended the Cleveland Browns football game Monday night, standing on the sidelines. "A guy on the sidelines asked me how much sleep I was going to get last night, and I told him probably more than O. J. Simpson is going to get," he said.

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