Taking his lumps

[Warning: this article takes a lighter look at something that could have caused serious injury. Please don't try any of this at home.]

He was looking like the Andrew Miller we want to see when he pitched the 8th inning, retiring the side on just 15 pitches.

Back in the dugout he was not paying attention to the game on the field for a moment, when he hears a whistling sound and gets hit in the head by a foul ball off the bat of Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

Luckily, a lump on the head is better than one on the mound.

He might have been sporting an MLB ball logo indentation on his head, but he went back out in the 9th inning and got the first two outs before turning it over to Alex Wilson. His pitching line looks great, 1.2 innings pitched, no hits, no runs, no walks, and 3 strike outs.

The lump aside, I would say a job well done.

Could this be the way to get the Red Sox relievers back on track? Place a big soft rubber hammer at the bullpen door? Give them a big whack on the head before they enter the game? Maybe after they come out, based on performance? This might just be the distraction they need to focus better and prevent them from taking their lumps out on the mound?

Andrew Miller might have just stumbled onto something here.

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