Hits come at historic rate

BOSTON -- ESPN.com colleague Jayson Stark, whose fascination with baseball’s odder numbers has entertained many of you for years, dug up this little nugget regarding Boston’s 11-4 rout of the Rockies Tuesday night.

When Rockies starting pitcher Juan Nicasio gave up 12 hits in 2 1/3 innings, he became just the fifth starting pitcher since 1916 to allow a dozen or more hits while recording seven or fewer outs. The others: Jarrod Washburn of the Mariners, Kyle Davies of the Braves, Shawn Estes of the Cubs, and Johnny Podres of the Dodgers. Reliever George Uhle also did it, in 1929. Stark made this discovery through the extraordinary baseball-reference.com.

The Sox registered seven hits before there were six outs Wednesday against Rockies starter Roy Oswalt.