Epstein: Lack of run prevention did us in

Updated: September 30, 2010, 5:08 PM ET

Boston Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein acknowledged on Thursday that shortcomings in the run prevention department were the biggest reason why his team won't be playing postseason baseball, but also said he thought the Red Sox were "pretty close" to getting back to a championship level moving forward.

"We ended up being what we thought offensively and not what we wanted to be pitching and defense-wise, and that's probably why we are where we are," Epstein said during an interview with ...

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