Originally posted on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 8/10/13
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Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here... highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. The demise was sudden and quick, and the newly acquired starter accepted full responsibility for a shaky second start after an encouraging debut. "Taking blame — your offense can’t score six runs and you not win the game you start — no excuse, just didn’t get it done,” said Peavy, who lasted seven innings and allowed just four hits and two runs against the Diamondbacks at Fenway last Saturday. In his follow-up, Peavy did not come out of the gate briskly, allowing two runs in the second inning, then one more in the third before finding his groove. But against a free-swinging team like the Royals, Peavy felt he did not have enough command of his stuff to miss enough bats to avoid three consecutive singles to start the fateful sixth. “I just didn’t have good stuff, I didn’t feel very good and stuff-wise, command-wise, you knew going in that this is a bunch of scrappy (hitters), they battle, they put the ball in play for being as free-swinging as they are,” said Peavy, who allowed 10 hits overall including home runs to Maxwell and Alex Gordon early in the game. “When you put the ball in play, good things happen, and I think you saw that tonight, a lot of two-strike hits.’’ Herald - Subpar Jake Peavy takes blame There's not much to be concerned about with last night's start.  Peavy is going to get lit up from time-to-time, as most pitchers do.  Some starts it just won't be working.  We got to witness that last night.  I did find one statistic from the game a bit troubling, however.  Peavy struck out a total of 0 Royals batters.  Let's not confuse Peavy with Nolan Ryan, but that's not encouraging.  He wasn't fooling anybody with anything last night.  The Royals were pretty well locked in on what he was doing.  Contrast that with the last time he pitched against KC back in April: 4 hits, 2 runs (1 earned), 6 K's.  Granted, this Royals squad is playing at a much higher level than when the season began.  But still: not a single strike out with 105 pitches thrown. Baring injuries or changes to the rotation (or me simply not being able to count), the next three teams Peavy is going to be facing is Toronto, San Francisco, and Baltimore.  The Giants have been pretty awful, but the O's and Toronto are both top-6 in the MLB in runs scored (with your Boston Red Sox being #1).  I don't need to tell you how important these games are.  Peavy was brought in to be a guy that could step in and win these games for Boston down the stretch.  To do so, he's going to have to be a bit more consistent and whole lot less hittable than he was last night.  Let's hope he can. Rest of the links: Herald - Notebook: Mike Napoli stays positive during slide | Globe - Peavy: You’ve got to win a game like that | Peavy has rough start as Royals top Red Sox 9-6 | WEEI - Buchholz eyeing sim game later next week | Why this is going to be no easy road for these Red Sox | CSNNE - The wrong stuff | Mike Napoli shows signs of snapping funk
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