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BALTIMORE - Three thoughts from the Red Sox' 2-1 loss to the Rays on Thursday night in St. Petersburg, Fla.:

1) Familiar problems at the plate.

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Last season, the Red Sox often couldn't collect a big base hit when they needed it most. This week, that problem has returned in a big way.

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Clay Buchholz couldn't be blamed for this one.

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STAR OF THE GAME: Rene Rivera

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- This time the issue wasn't the starting pitching.

Put the blame on a punchless offense and a leaky bullpen.

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