Red Sox opponents always have a fight on their hands

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NEW YORK — They don’t want this race to be close. They don’t want to back in. They don’t want to make this a frantic finish with the last three games in Baltimore meaning something.

By the time the final three games roll around, they want them to mean absolutely nothing. Maybe they’ll mean something to the Orioles, but they shouldn’t mean anything to the Red Sox.

That’s how much they want to take care of business, look the tough schedule ahead smack in the eye and beat it.

They pounded the Tigers, 20-4, on Wednesday night, basked in the glow of their eight homers for a while, and then came right back for the opener of a tough four-game series with the Yankees, and for a while it looked as if they were going to take care of them.

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