Boston Red Sox

Apr 7, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Red Sox designated hitter JD Martinez (28) and right fielder Hunter Renfroe (10) and left fielder Franchy Cordero (16) celebrate after a win over the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

In case you’re wondering, the Minnesota Twins aren’t a doormat. Since the start of 2019, entering yesterday, the Twins had won more regular season games than anybody but the Los Angeles Dodgers. Historically, Minnesota has been a meat locker for the Red Sox, inside or out, which is to say they usually have lost at the Metrodome or at Target Field.

But with each passing day, we can’t help wonder if the 2021 Red Sox have brought baseball back to Boston – and in more ways than one.

“We still know we have to keep getting better. We still have to work,” manager Alex Cora said following yesterday’s 4-2 victory over the Twins. “But we feel like we beat a team like that, that’s a good baseball team.”

Yes, it’s still early, but the Sox’ win over the Twins was their seventh straight, fifth in come-from-behind fashion. And while gleaning anything from small sample sizes is always dangerous, there are some early signs here that are worthy of note.

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