Desperate times, desperate measures

Would firing Bobby V spark the Sox? History, present results say it's no guarantee

Updated: August 6, 2012, 8:01 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Well, that kind of seals the deal, doesn't it?

No, we're not talking about the Boston Red Sox's 6-4 win Sunday afternoon over the Minnesota Twins, which spared them the embarrassment of being swept at home, though Veni, Vidi Vicente Padilla gave up two ninth-inning home runs as an encore to Joe Mauer's crusher off Alfredo Aceves the night before, proving that even guys who don't hate him can take him deep.

It was the somber postgame admission by David Ortiz that his strained ...

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