Out Of Break, Red Sox ‘Need To Get Hot’

July 13, 2012 12:00 AM
Out Of Break, Red Sox ‘Need To Get Hot’
" BOSTON (CBS) – The Red Sox begin the unofficial second half of the season Friday night knowing they need to put together a solid string of baseball.

One week ago, with the Sox set to begin a seven-game West Coast trip, they were sitting at 40-35, 6.5 back of the Yankees in the AL East.

What followed was a 2-5 trip against the lowly Mariners and Athletics. When Boston returned home, they dropped three of four to the Yankees to hit the break at .500, 9.5 back of the New York in the AL East.

They’ve been resting their laurels on injured players returning, and eventually rounding out into the team they envisioned at the start of spring training.

But now they know it’s time to stop talking, and start doing.

“We’ve been saying for a while we feel like we have a good team here, but at some point you have to show it on the field,” general manager Ben Cherington said Thursday. “The reality is we are .500 the day after the all-star break. We have good players that have been playing; we have good players on the way back getting healthy "

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