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Sox want no part of this kind of history

If they don't hold off the Rays, it would be the biggest September collapse ... ever

Updated: September 15, 2011, 5:07 PM ET
By Jeremy Lundblad | ESPNBoston.com

Not long ago, the postseason seemed a certainty for the Boston Red Sox.

Even for a fan base still traumatized by historic collapses, this season felt safe. The best offense in the majors could mask merely adequate pitching. September would be a month to get healthy and battle for divisional bragging rights.

A funny thing happened to that feeling of comfort: 27 games still had to be played.

If you thought it couldn't get any worse than the 1978 collapse, stay tuned. It ...

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