Extra Bases

Road to ruin or recovery?

Starting tonight, the Red Sox will play 20 of their next 23 games (in 24 days) against teams that figure to be playoff contenders this season. Eleven of those games will come on the road.

The schedule:

May 3-6 Angels
May 7-9 Yankees
May 10-12 Blue Jays
May 14-16 at Tigers
May 17-18 at Yankees
May 19-20 Twins
May 21-23 at Philadelphia
May 24-26 at Tampa Bay

Come May 27, the season will be 30 percent over and the Sox will know whether they are contenders or frauds. The opportunity is there to plant themselves among the best teams in baseball … or to be contemplating what players should be traded for prospects to get a jump on 2011.

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