Sox breathing easier for now

Beckett, Bard, Pap douse the Rays' fire as Boston extends wild-card lead

Updated: September 17, 2011, 2:49 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Exhale (EKS-heyl, ek-SEYL), v.t.

1. To emit breath or vapor; breathe out.

2. Collective activity undertaken by any group after a period of high anxiety or near-panic, e.g., the followers of a beloved baseball team teetering on the brink of collapse.

That whooooosh you heard roundabout Kenmore Square late Friday night? That was the sound made by the relieved denizens of Fenway Park after a tense 4-3 win by the Red Sox offered much-needed relief from the unrelenting ...

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