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06/06/10 7:57 PM ET

Francona recalls his Draft experience

Originally taken by Cubs, skipper opted to attend Arizona

BALTIMORE -- When Red Sox manager Terry Francona was drafted, there was no televised broadcast of the event, no doctor examinations of the draftees and certainly no multi-million-dollar signing bonuses.

The Cubs drafted Francona out of high school, and as was customary procedure at the time, he was asked to work out despite having a separated shoulder that cost him all but 10 at-bats of his senior season.

"The guy came to the house, the scout, and said, 'We'd really like to see you work out. We'd like to draft you, but we'd have to see you,'" Francona said. "My arm was in a sling. I was stupid, thinking about it. I played in the game, I went 0-for-4, struck out a couple times. They still drafted me. They offered me $18,000, so I went to college. When I got to college, they came back and made an offer before the first class: $19,000. Shows how much times have changed."

Francona was eventually drafted 22nd overall by the Expos in 1980, the same year his University of Arizona team won the College World Series, with Francona being named the Most Outstanding Player.

He went on to play 10 big league seasons as a first baseman and outfielder, batting . 274 with 16 homers and 143 RBIs.

Cameron returns to lineup, plays center

BALTIMORE -- Red Sox outfielder Mike Cameron was champing at the bit to play Saturday.

He had to wait a day.

Battling a nagging lower abdominal strain, which had him on the 15-day disabled list from April 19-May 25, Cameron played for the first time in a week, starting in center field Sunday and batting eighth.

Cameron reached base three times, walking twice and singling. He scored the tying run in the ninth on Dustin Pedroia's sacrifice fly, and kept the game deadlocked with a running catch in the deepest part of the park, snagging Lou Montanez's bid for a walk-off knock to send the game to extras.

"The true test comes at game time," Cameron said Sunday morning. "The simulation of the game is the last test. You just have to go out, man up, and see what its all about."

Manager Terry Francona said Cameron will no longer play every day, but he credited the veteran for his intelligence in handling the situation, as well as his desire to get back to help the Red Sox's depleted outfield.

"The challenge of it is coming here every day and trying to work," Cameron said. "The joy of it, is, whenever there is a storm, it should pass, too. Today is another stepping stone hopefully, to going in a direction to where I'm playing more consistently."

Youk, Victor differ on World Cup favorites

BALTIMORE -- Kevin Youkilis snuck over to Red Sox catcher Victor Martinez's locker at Camden Yards on Sunday morning and taped two newspaper clippings to the adjoining cinder block wall.

Written in marker on the athletic tape above one was "Group G Winner." Above the other: "Group G Loser."

The winner of the World Cup group, Youkilis suggested in writing, was to be Portugal. The loser? Brazil -- Martinez's favorite team.

"I'm pretty sure it was Youkilis, because he knows I'm rooting for Brazil," Martinez said shortly after admitting he had the gold Brazilian soccer jersey.

Martinez, who grew up playing soccer, plans to closely follow the World Cup, which begins Friday in South Africa.

Beltre back; Hermida remains out

BALTIMORE -- Adrian Beltre returned to the Red Sox's lineup Sunday. Jeremy Hermida was out yet again, but was deemed available if necessary. Mike Cameron also returned to the lineup, and vowed to stay as far away from Beltre as possible.

After Friday's collision between Beltre and Hermida, the Red Sox are still recovering. But Sunday, the team was close to having their full complement of a 25-man roster.

Beltre returned to third, batting sixth in the lineup after taking an unwanted rest Saturday. He claimed he was healthy, but manager Terry Francona saw an opportunity to rest the veteran.

"He wanted to play [Saturday] night. I just wanted to give him a day," Francona said. "He's been doing so well. I just wanted to make sure he's OK."

Beltre entered Sunday having hit safely in 13 of his last 16 games, batting .400 (26-for-55) with five homers and 19 RBIs. In the Red Sox's 4-3 loss to the Orioles, he went 1-for-4 with a single, a walk and a strikeout. He also grounded into a double play in the eighth.

Delcarmen's lower back acts up

BALTIMORE -- Red Sox reliever Manny Delcarmen just couldn't get the ball down in the zone in the eighth inning of Sunday's 4-3 loss to the Orioles.

The lower back has been a nagging injury for Delcarmen recently, and as he described, something he's been dealing with off and on for three weeks.

"I had the masseuse dig it out a little bit and it feels good," Delcarmen said. "The last five pitches I threw, I tried to get on top of the ball and I couldn't."

The right-hander allowed one earned run, walking two and giving up one hit in one-third of an inning.

The immediate plan for Delcarmen, who felt fine warming up in the bullpen, is to keep getting treatment.

Bonser finishes rehab assignment

BALTIMORE -- Boof Bonser is in the baseball equivalent of limbo.

The right-hander finished his 30-day rehab assignment Saturday. The official move as of first pitch Sunday dictated Bonser was returned from his rehab assignment.

Bonser tossed a scoreless inning of relief Saturday with Triple-A Pawtucket, touching 95 mph on the radar gun.

"It played up for the inning, which everybody hoped it would," manager Terry Francona said of Bonser's velocity. "We see that a lot. We saw that in the past from him when he threw out of the bullpen. That would be the hope."

Sean Welsh is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.