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Can Red Sox meet great expectations?

Updated: April 1, 2011, 11:36 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- How do you become the stuff of legend before you've played a single game?

Judging by the advance reviews attesting to their greatness, the Red Sox should begin the 2011 season Friday afternoon by following Shoeless Joe out of a mythical cornfield instead of climbing up the dugout steps at The Ballpark in Arlington.

Who hasn't picked the Red Sox to win the American League pennant this year? Out of 45 "experts" making predictions for ESPN, a group that includes ...

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