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The Celtics are done, their season coming to an end last night in Game 7 of The Finals against the hated Lakers. The Bruins wrapped up a few weeks ago after their stunning collapse and even the Patriots are off on vacation.

The good news? The Red Sox are two games out of first and the season has 93 games left. For those of you consumed with other things, here’s a quick recap:

The Sox were lousy early in the season. Now they’re really good, probably one of the best three or four teams in the game. There, you’re all caught up.

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The Sox are 36-19 since April 20 and have won 18 of their last 25 at home. All this without Jacoby Ellsbury and Josh Beckett and largely without Mike Cameron. Terry Francona has used 57 different lineups in 68 games.

Everybody will be excited about Manny Ramirez coming back to Fenway tonight with the Dodgers. But the real fans will be far more interested in 22-year-old lefty Felix Doubront, a 6-foot-3 kid from Venezuela with a good fastball. All he has done this season is go 6-1 with a 2.11 ERA in 13 minor-league starts.

You may have heard David Ortiz was washed up. Turns out he has a .922 OPS and 14 homers. Theo Epstein’s run-prevention idea is working out well, too. The Sox have a run differential of +58, the third-best in the AL.

So grieve for the Celtics, lament the Bruins and look forward to the Pats starting camp. But don’t waste too much time with it. The Sox could be in first place before the weekend is over and the sun is shining.

Baseball is going to keep you entertained, don’t you worry.

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