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Payton's place

Red Sox acting manager Brad Mills went against conventional wisdom and brought in a left-hander, Hideki Okajima, to face Jay Payton with the bases loaded and two outs in the seventh inning. But Okajima had a 0.50 ERA. He seemed like a pretty solid choice.

Who cares if lefties are supposed to pitch against lefties, and righties against righties, in this situation? Forget the percentages...right?

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Payton lined Okajima's second pitch into the left field seats for his first grand slam since July 30, 2005, giving the Orioles a 6-3 lead.

Payton wouldn't come out for a curtain call, so Daniel Cabrera jumped on the top step and waved.


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