The Red Sox had left-hander Franklin Morales on the mound Thursday, and with a steady stream of right-handed pitchers coming in the near future, Manuel figured this would be a good night to get Howard off his ailing left knee.
Howard is hitting .323 (10-for-31) with three doubles, one home run, four RBIs and 14 strikeouts in his last eight games.
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