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Red Sox, Rays scoreless after four in ALDS Game 4

Oct 8, 2013, 10:02 PM EDT

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Rays right-hander Jeremy Hellickson had a clean 12-pitch first inning in this ALDS Game 4 in Tampa Bay, but he allowed back-to-back walks to David Ortiz and Mike Napoli to open the top of the second and then a Daniel Nava single loaded the bases and abruptly drove the Rays starter from the game.

It’s a wonder — given the obvious lack of faith and poor regular season output — why Hellickson drew this assignment in the first place. But credit Tampa Bay for the pulling the plug right away. The Rays escaped damage in the second when Jamey Wright fanned Jarrod Saltalamacchia and James Loney turned a heads-up doubleplay on a hard Stephen Drew lineout. Matt Moore entered in the top of the third to do some inning-eating.

Red Sox starter Jake Peavy has thrown up zeroes through his easy first four frames.

It’s a 0-0 deadlock as the top of the fifth inning gets underway at Tropicana Field.

  1. jcmeyer10 - Oct 8, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    So…many…double..plays…

  2. wheels579 - Oct 8, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    Boy, that Joe Maddon “does love to get in the middle of things.” Right, Joe Posnanski???

    • Reflex - Oct 8, 2013 at 11:14 PM

      Yeah, but at least compared to most he’s damn good at it. Mostly cause he rarely goes with his gut and almost always goes by the numbers.

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