Originally written on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 10/26/14
(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) I started writing some nonsense about how the Sox 4-3 victory over the Royals this afternoon was symbolic of the city of Boston in the wake of the Marathon tragedy.  'Never give up' and all that.  But America's pastime is meant to be a reprieve from all of that.  As a wrote this morning, this game was a great way to clear our minds of this past week, enjoy a pitching duel, and if we're lucky, some David Ortiz bombs. Well, Ortiz delivered the bombs; just not the ones we were expecting, with his fiery "This is our f@#$ing city" speech. He also went 2-4 with an RBI single.  Can't tell you how great it is to have him back. Clay Buchholz threw 8 solid innings of 8 hit ball (2 runs 6 K's) and picked up his third win on the year.  Those two runs did raise his ERA to 0.90, however.  And James Shields continues to pitch really really well against Boston, allowing just 4 hits and 1 run, while striking out 8 batters.  But to their credit, Sox batters chased Shield out of the game after the 6th inning by forcing him to throw tons of pitches.  If you can't beat him, tire him out.  It worked. The offense wasn't great (Papi was the only batter with multiple hits), but it didn't need to be.  Daniel Nava delivered the knockout punch this afternoon with a 3-run home run in the bottom of the 8th.  Bailey picked up the save, despite allowing a home run of his own in the 9th.  I tip my cap to the Red Sox this afternoon.  Hell of a job. BOX SCORE
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