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Greetings from Gate 40

Here we are at LAX waiting for a red-eye flight back to Boston. The flight boards in 20 minutes or so, so once I finish this post it will be time to sleep on the plane.

The Red Sox were dressed and out of Angel Stadium in 45 minutes today. A day game with a day off to come really motivates a team to get moving. It’ll be a well-deserved day off, too. The Sox could well have gone 8-2 on their road trip, but 6-4 is just fine.

Victor Martinez came back on this trip as did Josh Beckett and Clay Buchholz. The team you’ll see at Fenway Park on Friday is better than the one that left. With 60 games left, the Red Sox have ample time to get in position to make the final weeks of the season a true pennant race.

“I think every win from now on is going to be a big one,” Marco Scutaro said after talking about his grand slam. “We’re getting some guys back and hopefully in the next couple of months everybody will be healthy and we get going.”

The immediate question is whether Theo Epstein will make a move before the 4 p.m. trade deadline on Saturday. But keep in mind that deadline applies only to non-waiver deals. There can — and probably will be — plenty of deals in August.

That Toronto asked for Casey Kelly in return for Scott Downs tells you how unrealistic the market is right now. Just because a player us available doesn’t necessarily mean he’s any good. But I do believe that one way or another, the Red Sox will change their bullpen. They don’t have much choice.

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Larry Lucchino was in Anaheim this weekend and described the front office as being “aggressive” in the trade market. “But it has to make sense,” he said.

In case you missed it, Mike Lowell was 3 for 4 with another homer and a double for Pawtucket tonight. He is is 11 of 22 with four doubles, four home runs and 10 RBIs in five rehab games.

Good for Mike. But here’s the thing, the Sox still have nowhere to play him. There were scouts watching him in Toledo, so perhaps that will lead to a trade.

That’s it from L.A. Thanks for reading today. Extra Bases will keep you posted on the trade talk tomorrow.

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