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Ryan Dempster has transitioned well to the AL East.
In addition to Lackey bouncing back from his biceps injury, the other three Red Sox starters delivered strong performances against the weak Houston lineup.
Clay Buchholz continued his hot start going 7 2/3 innings and striking out 10. The bright spot for Buchholz, aside from the 1.19 ERA, is he has pitched seven innings or more in each of his five starts.
Ryan Dempster continues to be a strikeout machine as he struck out 10 Houston hitters in six innings of work. Dempster has been a pleasant surprise and is third in the AL with 43 strikeouts in five starts.
Felix Doubront hasn’t been dominant, but he has done more than enough for a fifth starter. Doubront went 6 2/3 innings for the second straight outing, taking stress off the bullpen.