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Jul 25, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Red Sox second baseman Enrique Hernandez (5) reacts with third baseman Rafael Devers (11) after scoring the go ahead run during the eighth inning against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

By this stage, we all should have stopped asking how and why. The Red Sox just are, which is another way of saying that it is what it is.

This is a playoff team, folks.

Now we need to find out if they can be something more.

In case you somehow missed it, the Red Sox yesterday executed one of the great hairpin turns in recent memory, coming from behind (yet again) to defeat the Yankees by a 5-4 score at Fenway Park. Entering the bottom of the eighth, the Sox were trailing by a 4-0 score and were being no-hit. In the span of just 17 pitches, they were up 5-4 in a dizzying succession of events that once again left them with the best record in the American League.

Here’s how it happened – and what we should take from it:

But this year, like a good Hollywood movie, requires at least some suspension of disbelief.

The trading deadline is Friday.

Chris Sale may need just one more rehab start.

And reinforcements could be on the way.

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