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Meet the New Boss

Juan Samuel took over from the dismissed Dave Tremblay as the Orioles skipper but the new overseer didn’t bring better results. Jerry Remy thought that Samuel might get more respect in the clubhouse since he was a former big leaguer, unlike Tremblay. But greater loyalty doesn’t hit with runners on base or get opposing batters out, both of which the Baltimore squad failed to do.

The new Red Sox boss of the mound is Clay Buchholz. With Josh Beckett on the disabled list and John Lackey, well, lacking, Buchholz has joined Jon Lester as staff co-aces. Both of them have pitched the only complete games for Boston in 2010 thus far, Buchholz going the distance against the Orioles in the opening game of this series. He needed only 101 pitches to shut out Baltimore, finishing with 5 hits, no earned runs, 1 base on balls, and 2 strikeouts.

Adrian Beltre’s onslaught against his own outfield continued. The third baseman knocked Jeremy Hermida out of the game when they collided on Nick Markakis’s foul pop out in the third inning. Josh Reddick was recalled and Scott Atchison optioned to Pawtucket to shore up the ever-dwindling outfield options.

Kevin Youkilis is Mark Teixeira’s boss in production at the first station: Youkilis is out-hitting, out-on-base-percentaging, and out-slugging Teixeira but trails the Bronx’s first baseman in voting for the All-Star game. The Red Sox first baseman’s three-run, two out homer in the fourth provided firmer closure on the Orioles’ coffin and further increased his edge in production over Teixeira.

“NESN” doesn’t stand for “New England Single ladies Need date with Don and Jerry” as the two women’s sign stated but rather “New York Egregiously Supports New Yorkers.”

Game 56: June 4, 2010
WinRed Sox
11W: Clay Buchholz (8-3)
2B: J.D. Drew (14), Jeremy Hermida (8), Adrian Beltre (15)
HR: Kevin Youkilis (11), Adrian Beltre (7)
0L: Chris Tillman (0-1)
No extra base hits.

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