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Duchscherer Flirts with No-Hitter, Beats Sox

Justin Duchscherer called his shot before the game:

“I said, ‘Those guys don’t want none of me today ‘cuz I’m going to pull a Lester on ‘em,” Duchscherer recalled with a grin. “In the sixth inning, I was thinking, ‘Did I really say that before the game?”

A nice recognition of Jon Lester, who pitched a no-hitter last week, but who knew it would be a proclamation? Duchscherer allowed just one hit and no walks in eight shutout innings, and flirted with a no-hitter into the seventh inning. The Sox bats wasted a strong start by Josh Beckett, who allowed two runs on seven hits in seven innings of work.

Sox Stud of the Game:

No one to choose from really: either Jason Varitek with his HBP that ruined the perfect game, or David Ortiz with his single in the seventh inning to break up the no-hitter. I suppose Ortiz gets the nod as Sox Stud because he had to work to get the hit, and that hit broke up what would’ve been an embarrassing situation for the Red Sox. He went 1-3 with that single.

Diamond Dud of the Game:

Not much to pick on here, but Manny Delcarmen allowed one run in his one inning of work with two hits and a walk. He has not shut the door at all this season. This outing bloated his ERA to 5.59 for the season.

Game Notes:

  • Ryan Sweeney homered off Beckett in the seventh to give the A’s a two-run cushion. Sweeney finished 1-3.
  • With the 1-3 showing, Ortiz is now batting .246.

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