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HITS AND MISSES

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On the field: The Orioles did not protect Vaughn Eshelman from the Rule V draft during the off-season, and the left-hander did his best to justify that decision yesterday in his start for the Red Sox. Eshelman lasted just two innings, allowing four hits, four walks and five runs.

In the dugout: Red Sox manager Kevin Kennedy had designs on a low-scoring game, even when the Orioles took a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Jose Canseco walked to open the second, and then third baseman Tim Naehring dropped a sacrifice bunt. In 20-20 hindsight, the decision seems foolish: The Red Sox trailed by seven runs after three innings.

In the clubhouse: "He had everything working today. The changeup, the breaking ball, he was really pitching well. We were able to give him a comfortable lead and relax him a bit." -- Manager Phil Regan, on Arthur Rhodes

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