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Dave D'Onofrio's Sox Beat: Red Sox look dangerous all of a sudden
It began with the eight blasts that buried the Tigers on Wednesday night, and it continued Saturday, when Boston went to the Bronx and outbombed the bombers, hitting four balls beyond the fences of Yankee Stadium and taking a 13-9 triumph. Since grinding and gutting out a win over Cy Young favorite Max Scherzer on Tuesday, the Sox have now hit 17 home runs, extending their winning streak to five overall, including the first three of a series with the Yankees that concludes today.
Just a couple of weeks earlier, the Red Sox awoke in Los Angeles to find themselves a few percentage points behind the Rays in the American League East, and with less than a 50-50 shot of winning the division they'd led for a vast majority of the season.
Keep in mind that on Sept. 3, 2011, they had a 99.6 percent chance of getting to the postseason, and ultimately collapsed. That proved anything is possible, and thus it could possibly happen again this year, of course.
Coming into this season, Shane Victorino had homered just once from the right side against a right-handed pitcher in the course of his big-league career, but with Friday's blast he's now done it five times this season - and it seems to have set off a power surge from the outfielder.
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