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From Kenya, with love


From Kenya, with love

It's not every day that I have reason to blog about Kenya. In fact, unless it's the Boston Marathon or I'm referencing the first half of the first name of an early century Patriots offensive tackle, Kenya has no place on here.

But every once in a while, just when you've counted them out, Kenya steps and delivers a blog worthy performance. This is one of those performances.

But first a little background: Apparently, there's a group of students out there who were interested in making a movie about a famous American sporting event. After watching a series of clips (I assume courtesy of their teacher, who I'm also assuming is American) they narrowed their subject down to either Bill Buckner's error in the 1986 World Series and "Music City Miracle." Based on the fact that I'm posting the movie on this site, I think you can guess which one they went with.

And here it is:

First of all, funny stuff. Love how focused and committed the bit players were to staying in character. It was those subtle performance that really turned this thing into gold. Especially the kids in the dugout, and the first base coach. (The one slip up comes from Kenyan Rich Gedman, who clearly has to go to the bathroom and is holding himself when Mookie make contact. Although now that I think about it, maybe he's pretending to give signs?)

Second of all, how great is it that we now live in a world where this video is considered "funny stuff" and not a "soul-crushing, day-ruining experience at the hands of a classroom of innocent Kenyan pre-teens"? I mean, can you imagine the reaction in Buffalo if these kids had actually chosen the Music City Miracle? You think Bills fans are over that one? No way.

But we're OK. We can laugh. But if they start messing with David Tyree, me and Kenya are going to have some problems.

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Chris Sale strikes out 11 in 4-0 win over Mariners


Chris Sale strikes out 11 in 4-0 win over Mariners

SEATTLE - Chris Sale pitched seven innings of three-hit ball, top prospect Rafael Devers became the youngest Boston player to hit a home run in more than 50 years, and the Red Sox beat the Seattle Mariners 4-0 on Wednesday to salvage the final game of the series.

Barely 12 hours after the clubs wrapped up a five-hour, 13-inning marathon, the Red Sox got exactly what they needed from their ace to avoid being swept. The left-hander was masterful, striking out 11, the 14th time this season he had at least 10 strikeouts in a game. He allowed doubles to Jean Segura and Guillermo Heredia, and a broken-bat single to Ben Gamel, but none of the three to reach base via hit ever advanced.

Sale (13-4) has struck out at least nine batters in each of his 12 road starts this season, the longest streak dating to 1913.