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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Livan Hernandez Everybody, Give It Up

On a day that the Red Sox finally designated horror film icon Freddie Kruger (Julian Tavarez) for assignment, it's fitting that the ghost of Tavarez haunted the Sox in a 7-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins.

Sox starter Clay Buchholz morphed into Tavarez and was terrible: 4.1 innings, eight hits, seven runs (all earned), five walks and four strikeouts. He fell to 2-3 and his ERA increased to 5.53.

With King Kupa (Bartolo Colon) eating his way across the state of Rhode Island with the PawSox, Buchholz's days might be numbered.

I misspoke yesterday when I said the Sox were going for the series win. Rather, with the win, the Twins took three of four from Boston.

Last night, Boston was up 3-0 in the first but surrendered seven straight runs. David Ortiz's RBI single knocked in Coco Crisp then Manny Ramirez hit a two-run bomb (no. 498).

Twins (20-17) starter Livan Hernandez (6-1) settled down from there, going six innings, giving up 10 hits, three runs, one walk and one strikeout. He's exactly the type of pitcher the Sox could use these days. He doesn't have great stuff but he eats innings. Jon Lester and Buchholz have so much talent and Tim Wakefield can be unhittable at times but all three are often ineffective, forcing the bullpen to enter way too early.

Delmon Young (2 RBIs), Michael Cuddyer and Justin Morneau each had two hits while Craig Monroe added a two-run single for the Twins.

The last stop on Boston's road-trip begins tonight in Baltimore. Josh Beckett takes the mound for Boston, he'll face Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie.

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