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For the Red Sox, no avoiding reality

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  August 20, 2012 01:12 AM

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NEW YORK ó The Red Sox canít come out and say their season is over. With nearly seven weeks left to play, itís still too early to think like that. Their own collapse last season proved anything can happen in baseball.

But a 4-1 loss against the Yankees tonight left the Sox looking like a dead team.

At 59-63, the Sox are 13Ĺ games behind the Yankees in the American League East and 7Ĺ games out in the wild card race with 40 games left to play.

ďWe have to play one game at a time, we canít really worry about any of that stuff,Ē said Josh Beckett, who took the loss. ďWe need a lot of things to happen now."

With their playoff hopes on life support, the Sox are expected to announce on Monday that left fielder Carl Crawford will undergo season-ending surgery on his left elbow. It would be a tacit acknowledgement that Crawford is better served preparing for next season than playing out the string this year.

Crawford had one hit in what may his final game of the season, one of the five the Sox had. They werenít nearly enough as Beckett allowed four runs over six innings.

Ichiro Suzuki hit two solo home runs for the Yankees, the second one earning him a curtain call from the sellout crowd of 48,620. The Yankees hit eight home runs in the series, all without a runner on base.

The Sox were 4-6 on their road trip and have dropped eight of their last 12 fames. They open a seven-game homestand on Tuesday before what could be a hostile crowd at Fenway Park give the teamís run of bad news on and off the field.

ďAll we do is keep is keep playing,Ē Beckett said.

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That's it for tonight. Thanks to everybody for reading.

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