Red Sox pause while Orioles improve their pitching

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The Orioles struck first with a trade, and on the surface Tuesday’s deal was a good one for them as they acquired veteran righty Scott Feldman from the Cubs along with catcher Steve Clevenger for righthander Jake Arrieta and reliever Pedro Strop.

We’ve written how starting pitching, health, and in-season moves are likely the determining factors in whether a team can win a division or make the playoffs. While the Red Sox made their due diligence call to the Cubs on Feldman, they aren’t quite ready to pull the trigger.

The Orioles made a good deal. The Sox, for now, decided to stand pat.

“We feel we got a good one in Scott Feldman,” Orioles general manager Dan Duquette said.

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