Thursday, June 13, 2013

'Better-Cini' Alfredo Shines In 2-1 Win Over Rays

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To paraphrase the great Winston Churchill, "Alfredo Aceves is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma." The quirky Sox pitcher—called up for an emergency start—hurled six solid innings, giving up just one earned run on four hits. Thanks to a two-run home run by Daniel Nava, the Carmine Hose walked away with a win in the game (a 2-1 squeaker) and  in the series. After his outing, Aceves stayed on in the dugout, "wrapped" in layers of towels—as if in his own little Zen-like sauna cabinet—oblivious to all but his essential Aceves-ness. Not long ago, there was a hue and cry in The Nation to dump the mercurial right-hander. But, despite his wackiness, he will sometimes show how good his stuff is—like last night. Enigma indeed.