Five reasons to cut Sox some slack

Updated: April 15, 2012, 12:53 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Having spent the entire month of September assuring folks that the Boston Red Sox could not possibly miss the playoffs, buttressing that case with numbers showing it was practically a statistical impossibility, there is some trepidation in now pleading that the team's 1-5 start this season should not be cause for alarm.

But let's plow ahead, anyway, offering five reasons the Sons of Bobby Valentine will reward the relentless optimism of their manager, who said the other ...

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