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Duensing Cap

Will Middlebrooks was 0-for-3 when he stepped into the batter’s box in the ninth inning with two down and the bases loaded. He hadn’t tallied a hit since May 10 and a base on balls since May 7. Middlebrooks broke his cold streak with a sharply rapped ground ball to right field to tie the game 3-3. Your browser does not support iframes. The Red Sox celebration was short-lived. Kurt Suzuki doubled with one out and Aaron Hicks singled the catcher in. For the second time in three days Andrew Miller gave up the game-winning hit. At least this time he didn’t allow Chris Parmelee to homer; that honor went to Clay Buchholz in the second inning. Buchholz was opposed by Phil Hughes. It was interesting to compare the two former uber-pitching prospects for the Red Sox and Yankees. Because of his fragility and inconsistency Buchholz has been moved to the end of the rotation and Hughes didn’t re-sign with the Yankees after his injury-ridden career in the Bronx. It could have been worse for this pair: they could have been managed by Dusty Baker. Hughes was a Red Sox fan as a child. I wonder if he has a...

Bamboozled by Basketball Officials

In Game 6 of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics playoff series, Dick Bavetta, Joe DeRosa, and Joe Forte won, 74-69. The three teams return to Boston for a final showdown in Boston. I fully realize MLB umpires make their fair share of horrific calls, but watching NBA referees in action is akin to catching your local butcher placing his thumb on the scale. The officials obviously care more about following the dicta of David Stern than calling the game in front of them....


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