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Time to embrace spoiler role

Last-place Red Sox have plenty to play for as foes fight it out for playoff spots

Updated: September 10, 2012, 10:01 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Nothing to play for?

Au contraire, mes amis, as Victor Hugo, the guy who wrote the prequel to this Red Sox season, "Les Miserables," might say.

With 21 games left, the season still abounds with intrigue, even beyond the question of how many empty seats will masquerade as ticket holders in the final three-plus weeks, or whether Bobby Valentine will go out with guns blazing.

History, for example, is on the line.

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