Boston Red Sox: Clay Buchholz and 5 Players Who Need to Play Better in May

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Boston Red Sox: Clay Buchholz and 5 Players Who Need to Play Better in May
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With a miserable 8-2 loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday night, the Boston Red Sox fell to 11-15, 7.5 games out of first in the AL East.

The Red Sox have endured a terrible start to 2012. They started 1-5 and 4-10, and are now in a four-game skid. The offense hasn't been good—they've averaged fewer than three runs in their last six games—but the biggest reason for their struggles has been their pitching.

Their 5.38 ERA is the second-worst in the major leagues, they're last in earned runs and have shut out a team only once.

Boston has started May slowly, too, losing every game this month. If the Sox are to turn things around before it's too late, they need their best players to pick up their game.

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