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Umpire’s calls didn’t help Red Sox offense

How could you, Cowboy Joe?

You could hear it from the crowd and all but read it on the lips of the Red Sox. As the Sox traipsed between the batter’s box and their dugout after striking out 17 times against Anibal Sanchez and his bullpen mates in a 1-0 loss to the Tigers in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series, a lot of folks wanted to blame a bunch of the whiffs on Joe West, the plate umpire alternately known as Cowboy Joe.

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