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July 22, 2014

What You Need to Know

Boston Gives 'Em A Little Thumpin' Thumpin'

by Daniel Rathman


The Monday Takeaway
On Sunday, the Red Sox hung a career-worst nine hits and six runs on Royals starter Yordano Ventura. On Monday, they treated Blue Jays starter Drew Hutchison with similar disregard. But while Boston’s assault on Kansas City pitching ended when Ventura hit the showers, the Sox had no such mercy on Toronto’s mop-up man.

Stephen Drew dealt the biggest blow to Hutchison, a three-run blast in the top of the third inning that padded a 2-0 lead to 5-0. The shortstop had five RBI in his first 30 games of the year; he had four on Monday night.

A single by Xander Bogaerts and a double by Jackie Bradley Jr. ended Hutchison’s night after just 2 2/3 innings. Brad Mills stranded Bradley by coaxing a fly ball from Christian Vazquez. He also struck out the side in the fourth. The only problem is, he also served up a double to Brock Holt and this two-run bomb by David Ortiz:

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