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It is not the first time Shane Victorino, a veteran of nine major league seasons with three National League teams, has experienced a bump in the road.
But when you play for the Red Sox, as most newcomers to Boston have discovered, bumps can often become potholes. And potholes can often become chasms, especially if the Olde Towne Team lapses into a prolonged losing streak.
Such was the case Thursday night after the Red Sox surged to a 2-0 lead but lost for the third game in a row — and sixth time in their last seven — after suffering a 5-3 setback to the Twins before a Fenway Park crowd of 31,571.