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On this night, Sox bite matches bark

Led by feisty Pedroia, opportunistic team claws back to hit mid-point on high note

Updated: July 2, 2011, 1:55 AM ET
By Steven Krasner | ESPNBoston.com

HOUSTON -- The Boston Red Sox reached the statistical halfway point of the season Friday night in their come-from-behind 7-5 victory over the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. They find themselves with the second-best record in the American League at 47-34, which leaves them 2 1/2 games behind the New York Yankees in the AL East.

And what does this all mean? Was manager Terry Francona ready to offer an in-depth state-of-the-team analysis at the 81-game mark?

"It actually ...

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