Quote to note

"He hasn't gone anywhere. I think he's actually handled this unbelievably, the way he's still a leader, but when you're active and you're out there and you're able to play, it helps. I think having him back will be a big benefit to us."
-- Francona, on Giambi's long stay on the DL.

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