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The Red Sox have more important things to do than field accusations about whether one of their pitchers doctors the ball, but that’s part of their reality nowadays. You wonder if the topic has caused a distraction on the staff because since it came up in Toronto last weekend, the Sox rotation has shown some warts.
Since Clay Buchholz’s start in Toronto on May 1, when he was accused of doctoring the ball by two Blue Jays’ broadcasters, Sox starters have gone 1-4 with a 6.88 ERA in seven games.
Whether all the speculation around Buchholz caused the pitcher to have his poorest outing of the season Monday night against the Twins isn’t known, but we can speculate it may have been in his head.