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Another fruitless day at Fenway Park


The Red Sox have lost 13 of the last 15 games they’ve played against the Yankees. The heady days of whupping up on the Bombers last spring are long past.

The Sox are also 1-8 at Fenway Park against the Rays and Yankees this season, the two teams they will fight (or at least were supposed to fight) for a playoff berth against. That’s a difficult hole to climb out of.

For those of you convinced the season is over, remember that the Yankees were five games out of a playoff spot last June 23 and were playing so poorly that general manager Brian Cashman felt compelled to fly to Atlanta in the middle of a road trip to give the team a talking to and assure Joe Girardi he wasn’t getting fired.

Alex Rodriguez was struggling, CC Sabathia had a sore arm and the team was lost. The Yankees had lost nine of 13 at the time and were winless in eight games against the Red Sox. It seemed like every fan in New York was convinced the Yankees had wasted their millions.

So you’ll excuse me if I’m not ready to throw dirt on the Red Sox because they’re 7.5 games out of first place on May 8. The season is not yet 20 percent complete.

That said, this team need a pitching intervention, both in talent and approach. Today was the 17th time they’ve allowed six or more runs. It’s hard to win many games that way.

Thanks to everybody for reading on what was a long day. Back at it tomorrow.

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