The Red Sox have spent the last week crafting an answer to all those who, bedazzled by the Tampa Bay Rays, hastened to proclaim a new world order in the American League East.
It goes something like this: Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss.
Not that anyone would ever get fooled again.
A week ago, the Sox left New York five games behind the Rays, who had won seven in a row.
This morning, while basking in the top-to-bottom pleasure of administering a 12-1 bea...