Who says there's no such thing as protection?
Manny's been on the Sox for 2 days. Twice he's stepped into the on deck circle in the late innings. And twice the batter in front of him has hit go-ahead, ultimately game-winning 3 run homeruns.
That's all the evidence I need.
The Sox haven't lost with Manny on the roster, and just completed their first sweep since July.
There are 29 games left; I doubt the Sox lose another one.