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Faltering bullpen at root of Boston's struggles

Originally Published: September 20, 2007
By Sean McAdam | Special to ESPN.com

Not long ago, their lead was oversized, roomy, comfortable.

Now, with just over a week remaining in the regular season, it's suddenly snug, tight, constricting.

The talk that they are creating an unwanted sequel to 1978 has grown from background chatter to white noise they can't completely tune out.

The Red Sox, of course, aren't concerned with history. There are plenty of players on their roster who weren't yet born when the Yankees overtook ...

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