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Miller pitched five and two-thirds innings.  He gave up three runs on ten hits while walking one and striking out eight.  (Notice that the latter two points are identical to those of Lester from his outing on Saturday.  Also notice, thanks to Theo, his next start could potentially be the last time you’ll see him start for a while.)

In the second, McDonald worked an eight-pitch walk, and Tek homered on a changeup to left center field to bring in two.  He just smacked the ball out of the park.  At the time, it gave us a two-run lead.

After the fourth, we were down by one.  In the seventh, two singles and a passed ball meant two runners in scoring position for Pedroia.  He singled, which scored both runners and put us ahead for good, and moved to second on the throw back into the infield.  Pedroia moved to third on a groundout by Gonzalez, and Youk intentionally walked, putting runners on the corners with two out for Papi.  But Papi struck out swinging on a slider.

In the ninth, Ellsbury singled, stole second base, and scored on a double by Gonzalez.

The game was rife with opportunities of which we did not take advantage.  We left ten on base and went two for nine with runners in scoring position.  Luckily, the relief corps of Aceves, Bard, and Paps held down the fort.  Aceves got the win, Bard got a hold, and Paps got the save.  The final score was 5-3.  Bard has not allowed a run in a career-high twenty-six and a third innings.  Ellsbury, Pedroia, and Gonzalez, the top third of the lineup, had two hits each.  Smile, Red Sox Nation; we have won seven straight on the road, a franchise record, and we finish July with a record of twenty and six, the best record in July this franchise has ever had.

The big news of the day is that we have indeed acquired a starting pitcher.  It’s not Rich Harden.  It’s Erik Bedard.  The deal was made minutes before the trading deadline, and considering that it was a three-team deal, that’s no small accomplishment.  We sent a catching and two pitching prospects to the Dodgers for an outfielder, who we then dealt with an outfield prospect of our own to the Mariners for Bedard and relief prospect Josh Fields.  Ironically, Bedard has also been plagued by injuries recently, so we’ll see how this plays out.  In Theo we trust.

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