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Tale Of The Tape: 2013 Red Sox vs. 2014 Red Sox

2013 Red Sox
2014 Red Sox
The 2013 Boston Red Sox. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
(Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
The 2013 Boston Red Sox. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
(Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
Record
Winner 48-33
37-44
Team Batting Average
Winner .271
.243
Dustin Pedroia
Winner .318 batting average, 47 RBI
.268 batting average, 27 RBI
Team ERA
3.90 ERA
Winner 3.77 ERA
Clay Buchholz
Winner 9-0, 1.71 ERA
3-4, 6.75 ERA (and time on the DL)
Key Injuries
Winner David Ortiz was hurt to start the year, but finished strong. Closers Joel Hanrahan and Andrew Bailey both suffered season-ending injuries, but that cleared a path for Koji Uehara to record all those 1-2-3 ninth innings.
Shane Victorino, Will Middlebrooks and Clay Buchholz have all spent significant time on the DL this season.
The Standings
First in AL East, 3.5 games up on Baltimore
Fourth in AL East, six games back of Toronto (six games back in Wild Card standings also)

The Winner Is

The 2013 Boston Red Sox. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Winner 2013 Red Sox
5 out of 7

The 2014 Boston Red Sox will have to have one heck of a second half if they want to repeat last season's glory.

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