Bronson Arroyo: "They hit every pitch like they knew it was coming. I don't think they took more than two or three where they were baffled ... It was like BP out there. ... Every guy, it just seemed like they laid off balls an inch or two off the plate and just hammered anything on the plate."
Arroyo faced 18 batters in 2.2 innings and allowed 10 hits and two walks. Boston's fate was sealed when Arroyo got ahead of .169-hitting David Newhan 0-2, then nibbled until the count was full, and finally gave up a grand slam down the right field line. That gave the Birds a 7-0 lead -- they could have had more, but Trot Nixon and Manny Ramirez both threw runners out at the plate.
Arroyo has allowed 13 earned runs in his last three starts (15.2 innings). ... Kevin Youkilis played the last two inning at second base. ... Johnny Damon extended his AL-leading multi-hit games total to 24. ... Birthday boy Ramirez's RBI single in the eighth (he turned 33) kept Boston from being shutout for the first time since September 12, 2004, at Seattle. Only the Sox and the Reds have not been blanked this year. ... John Halama's 4.1 innings last night was the game's lone bright spot, as well as the team's longest relief stint this season.
Baltimore Sun: Game story, notebook and column on Tejada. ... Rodrigo Lopez continues to be a thorn in Boston's side.
Curt Schilling tried out a new shoe during a bullpen session yesterday afternoon. He threw about 50 pitches in 15 minutes and was pleased afterwards. He hopes to return before the All-Star Game (July 12).
Globe blogger Eric Wilbur: "Mike Lupica writes the now-mandatory daily column in the Manhattan tabloids reasoning why a Clemens-to-NY trade makes sense for everybody, keeping in mind that "everybody" lives in a radius of Larchmont to Hoboken."
Can Opener. Dennis "Oil Can" Boyd pitched six innings in his Can-Am League debut. The 45-year-old Brockton Rox pitcher allowed two earned runs and seven hits, walked one and struck four. ... Juan Pedro Villaman, the Red Sox play-by-play man on the Spanish Beisbol Network since 1995, died early Monday morning in an accident on Interstate 93, while driving back from New York City. He was 46.
Wade Miller / Daniel Cabrera at 7:00.