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Writing on the wall for punchless Sox

Their attitude is unwavering, but the sun is nevertheless setting on their season

Updated: September 5, 2010, 1:55 AM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- The not-so-magic number for the Boston Red Sox these days is 10. That's how many games the Red Sox are trailing the first-place New York Yankees in the American League East standings, a season high. It's not much better in the wild-card race, where they are 7 back of the Tampa Bay Rays with just 26 games remaining.

The bottom of the hourglass is almost full on the Red Sox, especially after they dropped both games of a doubleheader to Chicago White Sox on Saturday at Fenway ...

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