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Red Sox Game 33 recap: For the birds

See that little blip in the ninth, where it looks like there might have been a chance? VictoriNOPE.

Highest WPA: Ryan Dempster, .067 (7 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 2 ER, BB, 8 K, HR)
Lowest WPA: Dustin Pedroia, -.121 (0-3, BB, GIDP)

If getting swept by the Rangers wasn’t enough to bring Sox fans’ optimism down to Earth, seeing the lineup make Scott Diamond look like an ace should do a pretty good job tempering expectations. Dempster rebounded just fine after warming up last night; his final line would have looked a lot better if Pedro Ciriaco could catch a ground ball.* Once Ciriaco’s glove had put two men on base, the floodgates opened, aided by hard-hit balls finding holes through the drawn-in infield.

* Nick Punto has a .444 OBP and hasn’t had a negative UZR since 2002. Since you asked.

Speaking of the Soxpocalypse, Allen Webster goes tomorrow, called up from AAA to take a turn so that Felix Doubront could work out of the bullpen if needed for a few days. Why we’d juggle the rotation around instead of just calling up a reliever is beyond me, but I won’t complain too much because I’m just so glad that Felix has finally found the “fringey long guy no good team should want in their rotation” role for which he was born.

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