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Bautista went 2-for-4 with two home runs, two runs scored, and three
RBI. It was his 21st career multi-home run game and fourth this season.
He now has 201 home runs in his career, and 18 this season. Bautista
has 16 career home runs at Fenway, all since 2008, his most at any
ballpark as a visitor. He has at least one home run in each of the last
five series at Fenway since July 4, 2011. He also threw out
Shane Victorino at the plate, trying to score from second, for the first
out of the sixth inning. It was the second straight game he has thrown
out a runner at the plate. It was his seventh outfield assist this
season, and the fourth time he’s thrown out a runner at home.
CSNNE: Bautista launches Blue Jays past Sox, 6-2
The Red Sox were emasculated by Jose Bautista yesterday. A pair of homers, gunning down Victorino at the plate, just existing at Fenway Park.
Bautista beat the Sox on his own, and it was frustrating to watch. Bautista and Encarnacion have killed the Sox, and they seem to have no answer for them. If it were up to me, I'd throw up four fingers from the dugout when they are up to the plate. It would be a smart decision.
On Page 2, Clay Buchholz starts another throwing program
Right-hander Clay Buchholz, on the DL retroactive to June 9 with what
was diagnosed earlier this week as inflammation of the bursa sac, threw
before Saturday's game. He played catch in the outfield as the start of a
throwing program.Buchholz, who is 9-0 with an American
League-best 1.71 ERA, had attempted to throw from a mound on Wednesday
for the first time since his last start on June 8. But he shut down his
session after about 15-18 pitches, and underwent an MRI later that day,
which revealed the inflammation in the bursa sac. The prescribed course
of treatment at that time was to give the right-hander several days of
rest before he could begin throwing again. Saturday was the first time
since then he attempted to throw.
CSNNE: Buchholz begins throwing program
Let's see how long this one lasts. It is hard to be optimistic about Clay's recovery. Every time he seems to make the least bit of progress, it is halted and his return projection get pushed back.
I don't want to see him until he is 100%, because he is so damn fragile. His pitching style does not match his physique. He throws with such intensity and puts so much behind each pitch, that his body just can't seem to handle it...season after season.
It's pretty frustrating.
The rest of the links:
Globe: Two decisions backfire on the Red Sox | Final: Blue Jays 6, Red Sox 2 | Tom Werner: Ownership gratified by success of Red Sox | Pedroia's gamers, ready to go | WEEI: Josh Beckett to undergo season ending surgery | A closer look at two key plays that didn't work out as planned for Sox | Herald: Toronto Glue Jays | Hot corner | AL Capsules | Red Sox at midseason turn: Not half bad | Never forget your first | Jays leaving Tazawa blue | Aggressive approach backfires in Sox loss | CSNNE: Should the Sox target a closer?