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Not surprisingly, Red Sox squeeze Orioles rotation

BaseballBoston Red SoxDavid OrtizMike NapoliChris DavisMatt Wieters

This should come as no surprise, but the Red Sox managed to wear down all three Orioles starting pitchers that faced them during the season-opening series at Oriole Park.

Opening Day starter Chris Tillman was pushed to his pitch limit, but the Orioles managed to grind out an uplifting one-run victory.

Ubaldo Jimenez made only a couple of bad pitches on Wednesday night, but David Ortiz and Mike Napoli made him pay dearly for them in a disappointing Orioles debut.

And on Thursday night, Wei Yin Chen had to struggle to get into the sixth inning as the Red Sox sprayed singles all over the ballpark.

That’s what they do. They are one of the most patient offensive teams in either league and they proved it again and again.

Meanwhile, the Orioles remain as aggressive at the plate as ever, which can be a blessing or a curse depending on who’s on the mound for the opposition. In this case, they did not really get after any of the three Red Sox starters, except for the two-run fourth on Thursday during which three Orioles hitters – Chris Davis, Matt Wieters and Delmon Young -- hit balls off the fence.

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