Full talents on display, Anibal Sanchez baffles the Red Sox

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Only a high pitch count prevented Anibal Sanchez from extending his mastery of the Red Sox further.

Only a high pitch count prevented Anibal Sanchez from extending his mastery of the Red Sox further.

Sanchez, a former Boston farmhand who so idolized Pedro Martinez that he'd drive from minor league outposts across New England to see the former Red Sox wizard, crafted a masterpiece that was at times reminiscent of Martinez himself. Sanchez's six hitless innings, it need be noted, matched the best playoff output of his hero and fulfilled the prescient praise of his teammates.