Before Wednesday’s attempt at solving Boston Red Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright, Orioles assistant hitting coach Mark Quinn set up a pitching machine in the bowels of Fenway Park that simulated the erratic flight of a knuckleball.
The three wheels of the machine could be synchronized to eject a baseball that didn’t spin at all. It wasn’t conventional, but given how Wright carved the Orioles up two weeks ago, it was worth a try.
The end result was the same. The Red Sox beat the Orioles, 6-4, on Wednesday, after Wright kept the Orioles off-balance into the eighth inning.
“It’s difficult,” said...