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Plenty of issues for the defending champions

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NEW YORK — It’s an awful 13-game start for the 5-8 Red Sox. There’s no other way to put it.

They lost three of four to the Yankees in New York. They are in last place in the American League East.

While there’s distress throughout the division with injuries and poor play, the Red Sox have experienced more than their fair share.

Sunday night’s game was terrific in that it was exciting. There were great plays made in the outfield by both teams. There was the ejection of John Farrell, the first manager to be heaved for arguing a review decision.

But it was a 3-2 loss for the Red Sox.

And more importantly, Dustin Pedroia — the Derek Jeter of the Sox — is going back to Boston for tests on his left wrist, which has been sore since he hurt it in the Milwaukee series.

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