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When good Boston pitchers go weird: Aceves snuggles, Uehara stumbles

Once, I visited a sloth sanctuary. It was, unequivocally, the best, in part because my group's tour guide seemed to be mentally unstable.

"You don't think a cute little sloth crawling around on the ground is scary, do you?" he asked us. "That's because they're meant to live in the trees. If I took a shark out of the water, would it be scary? Come on."

On Wednesday, we saw two capable Boston pitchers thrive in their natural habitat on the mound -- but both proved as out-of-place as sharks on land when they left.

Alfredo Aceves was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket to start for the Red Sox in Tampa Bay. The right-hander delivered, holding the Rays to one run over six strong innings. Taking a break afterwards, Aceves mysteriously fashioned a homemade Snuggie out of towels.

In the eighth inning, Koji Uehara struck out Evan Longoria, then tripped over his own feet on the way to the dugout.

Considering the Red Sox pulled off a 2-1 victory, I think they're entitled to do pretty much whatever they want.

-- Molly Fitzpatrick /