AL playoff standings

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John Tomase
August 19, 2018 - 1:07 pm
Alex Cora could tell Terry Francona stories all day. Speaking to reporters before Sunday's series finale with the Rays, Cora looked ahead to his team's next opponent. The Cleveland Indians come to Fenway on Monday for a three-game set between two teams guaranteed to make the playoffs, and it wouldn...
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Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel (10) congratulates third baseman Alex Bregman (2) after the latter's two-run homer on Friday.
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John Tomase
September 29, 2017 - 9:54 pm
And then there were two. The Red Sox have led the American League East for most of the second half, but they haven't managed to put it away. Now things are getting dicey. Following Friday night's 3-2 loss to the Astros, the Red Sox own a two-game lead over the Yankees with two games to play. One...
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Andrew Benintendi
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John Tomase
September 05, 2017 - 12:47 pm
The Red Sox remain slaves to their history in ways that not even three World Series titles in 13 years can eradicate. "How are they gonna blow it?" was once a mantra. The sentiment may be muted compared to the 86-year stretch that preceded 2004, but it's still there, lurking, every time a September...
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Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts (50) celebrates his 23rd homer of the season with David Ortiz on Friday in Los Angeles. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA Today Sports)
John Tomase
August 05, 2016 - 9:08 pm
Steven Wright turned back the clock to May on Friday night, and the Red Sox followed his lead. The knuckleballer dominated the Dodgers in the fashion that earned him a spot on the American League All-Star team. The offense exploded. Put the two together and the Red Sox claimed their first easy...
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