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Wrapping up another loss at Fenway Park

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  May 5, 2012 07:18 PM

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Not much need for analysis today. The Red Sox are not a very good team and haven't been for a while now. They have a pitching staff with a 5.44 ERA and a lineup that isn't fearsome.

The Red Sox have Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz, Adrian Gonzalez and six other guys who are subs or platoon players on a good team. It's OK to have a few of those. Not six.

So here are a few notes:

• The Sox have lost nine of their last 10 games at Fenway. It’s part of a trend. As Kirk Minihane of WEEI pointed out on Twitter, the Patriots have had nine victories at home since last Sept. 1 and the Red Sox eight.

The Red Sox are 49-47 at Fenway since the start of last season, making it the opposition’s most beloved ballpark. The Sox have allowed 75 runs in their last 10 games at home.

• Aaron Cook needed 11 stitches to close up his left knee and was walking with a pronounced limp after the game. By the time he left the game, he said, his leg had gone numb.

Obviously that contributed to his poor outing. But Cook also allowed a double off the wall and a single before he was spiked. He pitches to contact and does not have strikeout stuff. That only gets you so far.

Cook was 9-18 with a 5.49 ERA over the last two seasons for the Colorado Rockies. There's little reason to think that a guy who got crushed in the NL West is going to succeed to any great degree in the AL East. He could be a decent fifth starter.

• Will Middlebrooks had a cramp in his left hamstring and expects to play on Sunday. “I’ve been drinking a lot of fluids. I’m fine now,” he said.

• The Sox have gone 43 innings without hitting a home run. At Fenway Park.

• The Red Sox are 19-19 against the Orioles since the start of the 2010 season with losses in six of the last seven games and eight of the last 11. Ran into Dan Duquette and he was smiling.

• Adam Jones has hit safely in 23 of 27 games with seven homers and 14 RBIs for the Orioles. This could be the year he reaches his vast potential.

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