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Mazz: Careless Red Sox Look Like They Couldn't Care Less

Let’s say this part clearly, too: the Red Sox don’t want to win as much as they did a year ago. That doesn’t mean they stink. It just means that the edge they played with a year ago is completely gone – at least for now – and we have no choice to believe that the issues relate directly to last year’s World Series victory, which the Red Sox seem to be holding onto as if they never need to let it go.

Mazz: Forget the Xs and Os - Bruins need to push back

And so here we are, on the morn of Game 3 in the Gateway to the West, and we are reminded of something we learned long ago in the Sports Hub of the universe: there is no easy path to a title. Championships are not given so much as they are earned, and the Bruins are going to have to fight for it, starting tonight at the Enterprise Center.

Mazz: In the end, Pedroia delivered

In the end, how you remember Pedroia is entirely up to you, but here’s a suggestion: don’t be a baby about it. Pedroia gave you his all, and the mere fact that he has hobbled along for the last two years should tell you that.

Mazz: With schedule about to toughen, time for the Red Sox to make a stand

Meanwhile, the Red Sox are, in order, 25-23 overall, 13-10 at home, 12-13 on the road. They look like the definition of middle class. Among the 15 AL teams, they have the sixth-best record in the league overall, the seventh-best record at home, the sixth-best record on the road, the fifth-best record against right-handed starters and the 10th-best record against left-handed starters. Against teams at or above .500, they rank ninth among the 15 AL teams. Against teams below .500, they rank sixth. Get the picture? For the most part, overall, they’ve been average Joes.