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One Boston

Most people associate April 15 with the Internal Revenue Service deadline, but in baseball circles this day commemorates Jackie Robinson’s major league debut in 1947. In supposedly post-racial America we need to remember not to backslide into bigotry. Robinson said, “There’s not an American in this country free until every one of us is free.” These days with the killings of African Americans by police officers and the suicides of transgender people too frequent we need to replace the word “free” with “safe.” In Boston, from now on April 15 will be One Boston Day. Two years ago Boston was shaken to its core by the Boston Marathon bombing. A week ago Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was found guilty on all 30 charges he faced. Soon he will be sentenced and the death penalty is a possibility. I don’t typically support state-sponsored execution, but for him I make an exception. This is Wade Miley. He lasted just two and a third innings while relinquishing five hits, seven earned runs, and three walks. Miley struck out one batter, though! This is Robbie Ross, Jr. He pitched two innings of relief and surrendered three hits, two runs, and a base on balls. Just kidding....

Crazy Eights

Eight unanswered runs, eight punchouts by their starter — the Twins wrapped up the inaugural series at their new park with a resounding victory. When the home team’s lead widened to four runs in the fifth inning it was as if the switch controlling the Red Sox players’ competitive drive was flicked to the off position. Early in the game the Boston squad played with a purpose. In the second inning Marco Scutaro chased down a ball that had eluded Adrian Beltre’s glove, far from the area a shortstop would normally patrol. Scutaro turned and fired to first to convert Michael Cuddyer’s potential base hit to an out. By the time sixth inning rolled around such defensive crispness abandoned the visitors. J.J. Hardy reached on Beltre’s first error the season, an errant throw that pulled Kevin Youkilis off the bag. Nick Punto roped a single to left and Denard Span followed with a line drive of his own to right. J.D. Drew returned the ball to the infield in time for his team to erase the greedy Punto from the basepaths but Victor Martinez inexplicably threw to the keystone sack instead of third. Although Span was credited with a double...


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