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The Red Sox Run

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The Red Sox Run
by Steve Meyers

It was August 19th and the Red Sox had just lost 3-2 to the O's at home and were looking up in the standings at the Blue Jays, Yankees, and ultimately the Rays who boasted a 12.5 game lead over Boston. The subdued 'Fenway Faithful' filed out of the park bemoaning another loss by reliever Jesus Romero who had fallen to 1-9.

The next day the White Sox were coming to town for an apparent meaningless series as Chicago was well out of it and Boston had too many teams to leapfrog for post-season aspirations, or so it seemed. The Red Sox won 9-3 before less than a sell out crowd at Fenway. The following day the Sox pushed across a run in the 10th for a 3-2 win giving them two in a row but finishing August with a dismal 13-15 record.

As the calendar hit September the Red Sox feasted on the White Sox one more time before they left town as Lester won his 16th. Chicago was replaced on the home schedule with Detroit and the Red Sox won a pair of 5-4 games before losing 6-5 on Sept. 4 in spite out hitting the Tigers 13-9. In truth it didn't feel like much had changed for the team from New England.

The Sox boarded their chartered flight to NY to take on their hated rival the Yankees for a four game set. Here is where it started to get interesting.

They won the first three games before losing 10-4 on Sunday, Sept. 8. But, Bostonians could sense a change in the look on the faces of these Red Sox as their beards were filling out their grit seemed to respond proportionately.

On to Florida where they entered the half empty park in Tampa and swept the Rays in 'their house' convincingly by scores of 7-5, 7-4, and 8-5. With the Rays stumbling all over themselves the Red Sox had done the leap frog thing and were now just 2.5 games back. The Red Sox had gone 'serious' and everyone in the MLB Pro knew it.

The team returned to Fenway and felt the affection of the faithful and when they swept the dreaded Yankees three straight games all bets were off. This Red Sox team was now to be not respected, but feared.

After a day of rest on Monday, Sept. 16 the O's came to town. They could have saved the expense of the flight and hotel as the Red Sox disposed of them 5-1, 8-2, 1-0. Thank you J. Romero for your 8 innings of shut out ball in game three.

With nine in a row under their belts it was questioned if they were ever going to lose again. On the 20th of September they doubled up the Jays, 10-5. A-Gone had a homer, a double, two singles, and six RBI's and could have beat Toronto by himself. Boston was still two games out as the Rays had somehow awakened from their late summer slumber.

Finally, on Sept. 21, Zach Lee put a stop to this Red Sox madness by shutting them out 2-0 at Fenway.

Boston now has six games left to put their final stamp on this remarkable 2013 season. The Red Sox run is yet to be fully defined by historians are already debating it's place in the rich history of American baseball.

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