Boston Red Sox: Team management is satisfied that Manny Ramirez had a legitimate excuse for starting his All-Star break a day early, reports Jeff Horrigan of the Boston Herald. Citing his mother's illness, Ramirez left the team in Detroit early Sunday. He also appears to be recovered from his hamstring pull as he started in leftfield last night for the first time in over a week. Jeremy Giambi and Casey Fossum were activated from the disabled list.
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