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Littlefield On Sports: Cliff Lee No Cure For Sox' Interleague Slump 05:35
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Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee celebrates after beating the Red Sox 5-0 Tuesday. (AP)
Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee celebrates after beating the Red Sox 5-0 Tuesday. (AP)

It's been a roller coaster season so far for the Red Sox. First, the team started the year with a disappointing 2-10 record. Then, they roared back to take over first place in the American League East.

Now, the Red Sox find themselves the losers of five of their last six games. In Philadelphia Tuesday, the Sox were stifled by Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee, losing 5-0. Lee allowed just two hits en route third consecutive shutout.

"There is no shame in losing to Cliff Lee, whether you're in first place or not," Bill Littlefield, host of WBUR's Only A Game told Radio Boston. "He's been extraordinary this year."

If there is one bright spot for the Red Sox from their recent slide from first place, it's the base-running of David Ortiz. The designated hitter had a rare stolen base last week, just the eleventh of his career.

"Not since the days of Luis Tiant batting and running the bases have we seen such extraordinary base running," Littlefield said with tongue in cheek.

Guest:

  • Bill Littlefield, host, WBUR’s Only A Game

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This segment aired on June 29, 2011.

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