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Pummeling the Plumage

The Red Sox beat the Blue Jays silly, thereby causing silliness by Don Orsillo and Jerry Remy in the booth. When Kevin Youkilis launched his 18th homer of the season to lead off the fourth, making the score 11-0, Remy shouted, “Yeah, take that, you voters!” Nick Swisher used his Twitter account and celebrity endorsements to aid his All-Star campaign while Youkilis just let his bat speak. Only LeBron James’s free agency saga outstripped Swisher’s shameless self-promotion. In this social media era, 140-characters sound bites won out over statistics. If this game were a page on Facebook it would be “liked” by millions of Boston fans as their favorite baseball team’s four-game losing streak was snapped by an impressive offensive onslaught. What few Blue Jays fans there are (attendance at the game was 27,567 of 49,539 available seats) would bemoan the lack of a “dislike” button. The visiting hitters batted around in the third and loaded the bases three times thanks to bases on balls by Toronto’s pitchers. In six innings Jon Lester had half the earned runs that Brian Tallet allowed in a single inning. While Lester and Robert Manuel surrendered one homer each Tallet relinquished three circuit clouts...


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