Jason Giambi is 42 and in an 0-for-26 slump. Just don't ask manager Terry Francona if Giambi's age and the slump go hand-in-hand.
" Bleep, no," said Francona. "I'll tell you what, ask me that when he's 44. I think he's got himself in a position lately where his bat speed is better. He was battling a (stiff) neck for a while and getting in position where he couldn't show his bat speed.
"I actually think he's feeling better about himself. I think that's why he's mad."
Giambi took an 0-for-4 Friday night in the Indians' 8-1 loss to Boston. He's hitting .150 (9-for-60) with three doubles, two homers and 12 RBI. He's struck out 16 times and walked eight times.
"The saving grace is that before he steps in the batter's box, he's already valuable," said Francona. "I know he's not happy with where his batting average is. But he's smart enough to know what he can do.