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Say Hey Shane

Shane Victorino returned to the lineup and made an immediate impact. He took C.J. Wilson’s second offering into left field. Jonny Gomes followed with a double off the wall that had Victorino sprinting home. Victorino got up limping after his dash around the bases. It wasn’t quite on par with Gregory Campbell playing with a broken leg, but Victorino stayed in the game.

Fortunately the center fielder remained to prowl the outfield. Howie Kendrick’s fly ball in the fourth inning seemed destined to kick around the triangle but Victorino chased it down and made an outstanding over-the-shoulder snare for the first out of the frame.

Another recently ailing player, Clay Buchholz, made a triumphant return. The ace went 6⅔ innings with 6 hits, 2 earned runs, 1 walk, and 4 strikeouts and improved his record to 9-0. He leads the American League in wins and earned run average but is 14th in strikeouts, so a pitching Triple Crown (like so many of these crowns) is unlikely this season.

In the fourth Buchholz found himself tumbling after Alberto Callaspo’s chopper. He missed the ball with his glove but his somersault brought him towards first base where he reached up just in time to tag Callaspo’s knee. The incident caused his neck to tighten up but he gutted out the discomfort until the seventh stanza.

David Ortiz clobbered Jerome Williams’s 0-1 cutter in the sixth. This home run didn’t sneak around Pesky’s Pole or just clear the left field wall but rather landed 15 or 20 rows up.

Game 63: June 8, 2013
Los Angeles Angels
2 L: C.J. Wilson (4-5)
2B: Hank Conger (4), Josh Hamilton (10)
WinBoston Red Sox
7 W: Clay Buchholz (9-0)
2B: Jonny Gomes (6), Dustin Pedroia (20), David Ortiz (13)
HR: Ortiz (12)

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