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On a day when Crawford, Pedroia, Gonzalez, Ross, and Middlebrooks accounted for 8 runs, 10 hits, and 8 RBIs, the Sox lost again.
“I don’t think it’s deflating,” said Valentine, whose expression belied his words. “I think the offense feels good when they’re scoring runs. They think they’re swinging the bats well and that they can come back.”
Ross, who was 3 for 4 with a homer, tried to find something good to say.
“Hopefully we can go on the road and play better,” he said. “We have four in Cleveland, three in Baltimore and three in New York. It’s got to start tomorrow. We can’t look too far ahead.”