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Red Sox being hurt by pitching staff

The Red Sox have more important things to do than field accusations about whether one of their pitchers doctors the ball, but that’s part of their reality nowadays. You wonder if the topic has caused a distraction on the staff because since it came up in Toronto last weekend, the Sox rotation has shown some warts.

Since Clay Buchholz’s start in Toronto on May 1, when he was accused of doctoring the ball by two Blue Jays’ broadcasters (Dirk Hayhurst and Jack Morris), Sox starters had gone 1-4 with a 6.88 ERA in seven games. Wednesday night’s performance was even worse: Starter Allen Webster allowed eight runs in just 1 innings in a 15-8 loss.

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