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Dan Shaughnessy, Boston Globe

Watching the Red Sox strand 13 runners and waste four homers, Boston fans were left asking one vital question: What's up with Josh Beckett? He was Bob Gibson in October 2007. Now he is John Wasdin in October 2008.

Sean McAdam, Boston Herald

Sunday: The Red Sox already knew they would have to defend their World Series crown without Mike Lowell. Come to find out, they’re going to have to do it without Josh Beckett, too. Or at least the Josh Beckett to which they’ve become accustomed. Because this Josh Beckett is not that Josh Beckett. Not even close.

Jack Curry, The New York Times

Sunday: The Red Sox pushed, but the Rays shoved back. The Red Sox slapped the Rays, but they smacked back. It was a game the Red Sox wanted to win but one the Rays desperately needed to win. The game dragged and dragged, past midnight, past bedtimes and past last call. This was playoff baseball, at its longest.

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:41am]


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