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Latest Red Sox indignity? Last place

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  October 1, 2012 11:53 PM

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NEW YORK — The Red Sox have lost six straight and 10 of 11. At 69-91, they are assured of finishing in last place in the American League East. The Blue Jays are 71-89 with two games to go.

The Sox last finished in last in 1992.

Then there is this:

• Clay Buchholz (11-8) had the third-shortest start of his career. It was the first time he has allowed eight earned runs. Buchholz, who gave up eight home runs over 7.2 innings in two starts against the Yankees this season, ends the season with a 4.56 earned run average.

“The ball was coming out fine. It’s tough whenever you leave pitches out over the middle of the plate and every one of them gets hit,” Buchholz said.

Buchholz has started 29 games and thrown 189.1 innings, the most of his career.

“It’s a step in the right direction but not enough of one, I guess,” he said.

• The Red Sox are 24 games out of first place. That is their largest deficit since the final days of the 1969 season.

• The Red Sox are 5-11 against the Yankees this season, getting outscored 98-65. The Yankees have 38 home runs and the Red Sox 14. The Sox have lost 14 of the last 20 games between the teams.

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