For three seasons, the Boston Red Sox have been riding a surprising seesaw that has them in last place in the AL East.
But, unlikely as it seems, they can still be competitive in a mediocre division.
“No one has given up anything,” manager John Farrell said Thursday. “No one has conceded anything.”
The Red Sox finished last in the division in 2012, losing 50 of their 76 games after the All-Star break in Bobby Valentine’s only year as their manager. Just as unexpected was their shocking World Series championship last year.
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In spring training, players vowed to focus on this season and “turn the page” from that success.
Instead, they’ve nearly ripped the whole book apart.
The Red Sox have scored the fewest runs in the AL. Only one team in the league has fewer homers.
Their longest losing streak last year was three games. This year they’ve already had skids of 10, five and four.
Their record after 95 games last season was 58-37. This season it’s 43-52, a drop of 15 wins.
And they trail the first-place Baltimore Orioles by 9 1-2 games.
But hope remains "
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