Red Sox must sprint to the finish

Updated: September 6, 2012, 9:03 PM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Thankfully, there are only 24 regular-season games remaining for the Boston Red Sox in 2012. It can't end soon enough.

The Red Sox are on the verge of failing to earn a postseason berth for the third consecutive season, after reaching the playoffs in six of the seven seasons before the current drought. That's simply unacceptable. The organization has faltered, with disastrous free-agent signings and much too much finger-pointing the last few years.

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