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After dropping 2 of 3 games in Detroit over the weekend, the Red Sox opened up a series with the Baltimore Orioles on Monday. The Red Sox sent Jake Peavy to the hill, while the Orioles countered with right-hander Bud Norris. Similar to starts past this season, Jake Peavy was victimized by the long ball, as Baltimore pushed 4 runs across the plate on the strength of 3 home runs. But while 4 runs is not an insurmountable deficit in baseball, the Red Sox offense couldn’t come to Peavy’s aid as Bud Norris crafted 8 shutout innings, allowing just 6 base runners. The middle of Boston’s order didn’t even put up much of a fight, going 0-for-16 with 5 strike outs. In the end, Baltimore closer Tommy Hunter tossed a clean 9th inning and put the finishing touches on a 4-0 Orioles win.

  • Whether on the college circuit or in the minor leagues, Jackie Bradley has been able to hit. However, his success at the plate in seasons past has yet to transition during the 23-year olds rookie season. For Bradley, it’s not about being over matched offensively, it’s about missed opportunities. (Struggling Jackie Bradley Jr. is keeping it simple)
  • Entering Monday’s game, the Red Sox calendar featured exactly 100 games left on the season. So far, Boston has spent most of the year with a record below .500, but with about 4 months still left in the 2014 campaign, the team can still climb back into the playoff picture if some things start clicking. (100 games to go, Sox face to-do list)
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