Home Run Derby

Sox Hitters Feast On Some Home Cookin’

Dustin Pedrioa homered twice for the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night as Clay Buchholz shut down the Baltimore Orioles in route to a 10-0 win for the local nine.  Boston hammered six home runs at Fenway Park as Pedroia, Kevin Youkilis, Alex Gonzalez, J.D. Drew, and David Ortiz all went deep for Boston with the latter homering in the seventh inning to tie Frank Thomas for most home runs all-time by a designated hitter.

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Buchholz went seven strong, allowing just three hits to the Orioles, improving to 5-3 on the season.  The young right-hander didn’t allow a baserunner until the fourth when he found himself with an 8-0 advantage thanks to the barrage of hits from his teammates.  Michael Bowden finished the game for Boston, pitching the last two innings, giving up two hits to the O’s.  

Each Sox starter, except for Casey Kotchman, reached base on Tuesday night as Mike Lowell and Jason Varitek each got the night off.  Boston looks to complete a mini two-game sweep of the Birds on Wednesday as Paul Byrd takes the mound against Jason Berken.  On a side note, the 15-and-16-year-old boys of Weston, Massachusetts will be honored before the game on Wednesday for their Massachusetts State Championship in the Senior Williamsport Little League tournament.  

The boys of Weston represented Massachusetts in the Senior Little League regional in Swedsboro, New Jersey before eventually losing to Rhode Island.  I was fortunate enough to coach this fine group of young men and look forward to seeing the dimensions of friendly Fenway up-close and personal tomorrow evening. 

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