Red Sox

McAdam: Red Sox turn in what may have been their best game of the season*

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*Spoiler alert: the Baltimore Orioles aren't very good.

They entered play Thursday night with the third-worst record in the American League and had lost 12 in a row away from home. They've won away from Camden Yards once since April 8, more than five weeks ago.

So they don't exactly represent a proper measuring test or pose much of a threat these days. They're not quite the Washington Generals of the American League, but they're not far off, either.

How bad are the Orioles? Manager Buck Showalter, unable to hide his disgust or his impatience, was crossing the third base foul line to remove starter Kevin Gausman before Xander Bogaerts -- who had hit a Gausman pitch off the light tower above the Monster Seats seconds earlier -- reached third on his home run trot.

"I mean, I don't know if you can do that,'' said Bogaerts of Showalter's hasty perp walk.

When your manager is practically racing to the mound to remove a pitcher, it's not going well.

Got all that?


With that said, the Red Sox played what was arguably the best, most complete game of the season in a 6-2 victory over the Orioles, who -- and yes, we'll offer the qualifier here one last time for good measure -  provided only token opposition.

Both manager Alex Cora and shortstop Xander Bogaerts agreed