Boston Red Sox defeat Los Angeles Dodgers, 5-4

If you’re into the Red Sox then you should give them a standing ovation.

If you believed this was a playoff team in spring training, then good for you. And if you didn’t fall into the trap of judging a team in the first month of the season, congratulations are in order. This correspondent, fully on board with the run-prevention philosophy, predicted an American League East title and a World Series championship, but the prediction looked dismal for a long, long time.

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With extra innings looming and the shadows sweeping across Fenway Park, Dustin Pedroia stepped to the plate with two outs to face Jonathan Broxton, who had just entered, for the first time in his career. It was his situation, his moment, a chance for 5 feet 9 inches to measure up to 6 feet 5 inches.

And Pedroia converted, lining a two-strike single into right field to bring Daniel Nava sliding headfirst across home plate. The celebration, brought on by the Red Sox’ fift...

Minnesota’s Joe Mauer is going to be, barring injury, the starting catcher for the American League in the All-Star Game. He has received the most votes of any major leaguer and holds a commanding lead.

But Victor Martinez has had a better season, offensively at least, and added to it yesterday as the Red Sox beat the Dodgers, 5-4. Martinez drew a walk and scored in the second inning, then in the fourth belted a two-run shot into the Los Angeles bullpen in right field.
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