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Shane Victorino drives in five to help the Sox beat the Tigers 10-6

Shane Victorino, Brayan Pena

Boston Red Sox’s Shane Victorino, right, singles to drive in two runs in the fourth inning as Detroit Tigers catcher Brayan Pena, left, works behind the plate during a baseball game on Friday, June 21, 2013, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)


A lot of people questioned the Red Sox signing Shane Victorino this past offseason. And it’s still up for debate whether he will truly be worth his contract over all three years. But there’s no denying that he’s been useful this season, and last night he was particularly useful against the Tigers. Victorino went 4 for 5 with a home run and five RBI as the Sox beat the Tigers 10-6.

On the year Victorino is now hitting .292/.351/.392 has stolen eight bases and has played fine defense for the Sox. I don’t know if that’s truly worth $13 million, but I do know that the Sox are getting way more for their money than a lot of other teams who signed free agent outfielders who were allegedly safer bets.