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Bartolo Colon needed only 74 pitches to earn the win in his Red Sox debut. The burly veteran went five innings, allowing two runs on six hits and two walks with four strikeouts to help the Sox win 6-3. The Sox were helped by 12 hits and four walks to put the pressure on Royals pitchers, including starter Brett Tomko, who allowed five runs on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings.
Sox Stud of the Game:
Jacoby Ellsbury definitely earns the distinction of “stud” with his 3-4 performance including a leadoff HR, a walk, and a stolen base to go with three hits. His performance is the ideal for a leadoff hitter. Reach base four times, steal a base, and show some power too.
Diamond Dud of the Game:
Manny Ramirez is certainly no dud, but lately he’s been less than spectacular. He was a dud in this game after another 0-3 effort, dropping his batting average to .287. On the bright side, Manny had just one strikeout and managed to draw a walk, which is a good sign that he’s still seeing the plate well.