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Jim Monaghan
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The Red Sox can thank their lucky stars that 1) they built up a sizable lead just a few weeks ago and 2) the Yankees are still struggling against weak teams.

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Brian Johnson didn't get out of the second inning, Bobby Poyner and William Cuevas got knocked around, and the offense managed only five hits as the White Sox shut out Boston 8-0 behind James Shields.

Johnson (pictured) was charged with four runs on seven hits and a walk in suffering his fourth loss of the season. Added to the recent struggles of Rick Porcello and Nathan Eovaldi, it's easy to see why Red Sox fans are wondering how soon David Price and Chris Sale can get back on the mound.

Xander Bogaerts and J.D. Martinez each had a pair of hits in the loss.

Despite the loss, the Red Sox magic number to clinch the American League East dropped to 18, thanks to Detroit's 11-7 win over the Yankees in the Bronx. Boston travels to Atlanta where, due to his shorter-than-expected outing Friday night, Eovaldi will get the start.

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Jim Monaghan 9/02/2018 07:28:00 PM Edit
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