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Shaun of the Red Sox

Stellar pitching, and just enough offense to hold off the opposition: that was the recipe for success today against the Boston Red Sox.

Shaun Marcum carved up the Red Sox, which may or may not have been aided by a trapezoid-shaped strike zone. With just two hits scattered across seven shutout innings, Marcum has now given up three or less earned runs and pitched at least six innings in all but one of his starts this season.

He has given a better than quality start performance in seven out of eight starts. Slowly but surely, Shaun Marcum is earning his “ace” title.



And who could forget about Travis Snider? He drove in all three of the Blue Jays runs, hanging around in the zone long enough to hit the game-winning home run of Tim Wakefield, plus a double for good measure.

I think it’s safe to say that whatever worries we had about Travis Snider have now all but vanished. Now if Snider could just spread some of that magic pixie dust on Aaron Hill, Adam Lind and Lyle Overbay, the Blue Jays would be all set.

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Ian Hunter

Ian has been writing about the Toronto Blue Jays since 2007. He enjoyed the tail-end of the Roy Halladay era and vividly remembers the Alex Rodriguez "mine" incident. He'll also retell the story of Game 5 of the ALDS to his son for the next 20 years.

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