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Red Sox feeling weight of swoon

While they try to tune out negative talk, signs of frustration show through

Updated: September 22, 2011, 10:48 AM ET
By Jackie MacMullan | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- The manual on how to survive an epic collapse is ambiguous, maddeningly unclear.

Yet this much we know: It is now paramount for the Boston Red Sox to dismiss as irrelevant why this has happened, who is responsible and how their season has so spectacularly unraveled. It is unproductive to ruminate on the circumstances that have left them mired in the kind of muck that swallows faltering baseball clubs. Their mantra going forward in these final, angst-ridden days, we ...

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