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Wrapping up the night in Oakland

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  July 13, 2013 02:30 AM

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OAKLAND, Calif. — A few late-night notes after the Sox moved to a season-best 21 games over .500:

• Andrew Bailey continued to pitch well, throwing a scoreless eighth inning. He has pitched 5.1 scoreless innings in his last four outings, allowing two hits and striking out seven.

• John Lackey on the double play Dustin Pedroia started in the fifth inning when Josh Donaldson crushed a ball up the middle on a hop: "It was either make the play or die. That ball was smoked."

Said Pedroia: “It was self defense. ... Thank God it landed in my glove or it would have made a hole in my chest."

• Brock Holt in seven games since being called up: 7 of 22 (.318), 3 runs, 7 RBIs, 3 walks, 2 sacrifices, 2 sacrifice flies.

"He’s a smart player. He understands the situations to which he's asked to execute differently in," John Farrell said. "He gives himself a chance. He’s not a dead pull hitter. He stays inside the baseball well."

• Shane Victorino was smoked on the base of the right thumb by a 96-mph fastball from Sean Doolittle in the eighth inning. He had his hand iced afterward but said it was just a bruise.

Victorino must have had, no kidding, 15 pounds of ice wrapped around various parts of his body after the game.

• Pedroia on Matt Thornton: "I think it's great. He's got great stuff from having faced him over the years. That's a power arm. Hopefully he'll help us out a ton."

• The Red Sox (58-37) have the best record in the AL. Only the Cardinals (56-35) have a better record overall.

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