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What a difference a year makes

September 2011 was supposed to be aberration; instead it foreshadowed diaster

Updated: August 31, 2012, 4:45 PM ET
By Jeremy Lundblad | ESPNBoston.com

One year ago Friday, the Boston Red Sox had the best record in the American League. No one questioned if the team would make the postseason. Certainly, no one predicted a yearlong implosion.

Sure, signs of a flawed team were there. Was Erik Bedard really going to start Game 3 of the American League Division Series? Could Kevin Youkilis and J.D. Drew get healthy? When would Carl Crawford click?

Even sitting atop the AL, it was clear that Boston wasn't the ...

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