By Matt Vensel
5:21 PM EDT, April 8, 2013
Adam Jones said Sunday he wanted to “shut up” Red Sox fans Monday during Boston’s home opener.
But instead, Jones and the red-hot Orioles offense got shut down by starter Clay Buchholz and the Red Sox.
Buchholz pitched seven scoreless innings for the Red Sox, allowing three hits and striking out eight batters, including Jones once. He also issued four walks. Buchholz didn’t allow an Orioles runner to reach third base.
Obviously, a 3-1 loss was not what Jones had in mind Sunday when he said the Orioles planned to spoil Opening Day in Boston.
"The more people, the more you want to shut them up. That’s how I look at it. I don’t care, they can stand up the whole game. They do anyway. But when you can silence 40,000 people, it’s pretty cool," Jones said after Sunday's loss to the Minnesota Twins.
Jones went 1-for-4, but he did temporarily silence the crowd -- at least for a second or two -- when he started off the top of the ninth inning with a solo home run off Red Sox closer Joel Hanrahan.
The Orioles got the tying run to the plate with J.J. Hardy on second base with two outs, but Ryan Flaherty popped out to end the game and give the Orioles their first losing record since the end of 2011.
Offense had not been an issue in the early going this season, as the Orioles averaged more than six runs per game in the first six games and had scored seven or more in three of them.
Jones has had a lot to do with the success. He leads the majors with his .500 batting average and his 10 runs lead the majors at the moment. He also had eight RBIs, which would seem more impressive if teammate Chris Davis didn't have a league-high 17.
I know it’s early, but Jones is looking like he could be in the conversation for American League MVP at season’s end. He finished sixth in the voting a year ago and he figures to get a little better with age. That has appeared to be the case so far.
That’s why you don’t mind him speaking up a little bit.
Besides, Jones and the Orioles will get two more chances to silence rowdy Red Sox fans at Fenway Park in this series.
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