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Grades are in, and Sox surprised us

Francona's steady hand helped team weather storm of setbacks

Updated: July 16, 2010, 8:52 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

The Boston Red Sox showed remarkable resiliency in a first half that could have easily seen the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays pull well ahead in the AL East. This has been the season of the improbables, Darnell McDonald and Daniel Nava and Jeremy Hermida all delivering highlight moments while their All-Star cast of teammates has been riddled with injuries. Here's a quick look at how the first half breaks down:

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Despite an absurd siege of injuries ...

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