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April 5, 2014

Red Sox outfield defense a major worry

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It ended with those same faithful fans booing and heading for the exits early as the 2014 Red Sox self-destructed during a four-run top of the ninth inning.

After the rings were distributed, Fenway Park lacked energy and so did the home team. The game dragged on and then when new reliever Edward Mujica made his Fenway debut in the ninth, things turned from boring to ugly.

Mujica, who declined interviews, surrendered four runs, all earned, on four hits (two doubles, two singles). Boston lost 6-2 to a Milwaukee club that had won just 74 games last year.

Mujica isn’t much of a concern right now. He throws a ton of strikes and will pitch better. If he does continue to struggle, the Red Sox have a deep bullpen.

The 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position shouldn’t be too alarming either. At least the Red Sox are putting runners on base. The runs will come if the offense continues to hit.

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