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Red Sox swept away by Rangers

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Are the Red Sox actually a contending team or merely an improved team that had a good first month? We’re about to get a much clearer understanding of that.

The Red Sox faced a test over the weekend with three games against the Texas Rangers and failed. The Rangers won, 4-3, Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.

Adrian Beltre’s walkoff single in the bottom of the ninth sent the Sox back to Fenway Park to deal with their first real predicament of the season.

They arrived in Texas with the best record in the American League. They left having scored four runs.

“There’s no panic in here. We can play better and we know that,” said Mike Napoli.

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