With the Red Sox still discussing a three-team trade that would send Manny Ramirez to the Mets, Boston removed the all-star outfielder from its game against the Twins last night.

Ramirez was removed from the lineup just five minutes before game time, though the Red Sox said they had no trade to announce. An official involved in the talks said that the sides were still far apart in the much-discussed three-team trade, which also involved the Devil Rays.

Ramirez will also miss today's game, Manager Terry Francona said, meaning the World Series MVP wouldn't take the field again until after the trading deadline passes.

"I think it's not just in our best interest, but in our ballclub's best interest, that he sit, clear his head, take a few deep breaths," Francona said after the Red Sox beat the Twins, 6-2. "I think he was very receptive to it."

The Red Sox did complete one trade, acquiring OF Jose Cruz Jr. from the Diamondbacks for minor league IF Kenny Perez and minor league RHP Kyle Bono.

* MISSING BOY: A 13-year-old boy went to a restroom during a Yankees game and never returned Friday night, and searches of the stadium, nearby fast-food restaurants and train stations by hundreds of police and security guards were fruitless.

Majelique Lewis, of Stamford, Conn., disappeared during the seventh-inning stretch of a Yankees-Angels game, police said.

His mother immediately reported him missing to security, who notified police about an hour later.

Every stadium exit is monitored by security cameras and Lewis's mother did not spot him on hours of recorded images, police said.

* PERTURBED PUDGE: Tigers C Ivan Rodriguez was ejected in the fourth inning of yesterday's game against the Athletics for arguing with home plate umpire Ted Barrett.

Rodriguez appeared to make contact with Barrett after being ejected and then threw a bag of balls and his equipment onto the field.

The ejection came two pitches after Jay Payton's grand slam gave Oakland a 4-3 lead. Nate Robertson threw two balls to Dan Johnson, prompting a visit to the mound by pitching coach Bob Cluck.

Barrett came out to break up the conference and had words with Cluck as the coach left the field. Rodriguez picked up the argument when they got back to home plate and Barrett ejected him before the next pitch.

-- From News Services

Tigers catcher Ivan Rodriguez argues with umpire Ted Barrett after being ejected in the fourth inning against the Athletics.