Red Sox can play with anyone

Winning West Coast swing, keyed by starting pitching, has them well positioned

Updated: August 26, 2013, 2:29 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

LOS ANGELES -- On a weekend when Josh Beckett told reporters that Los Angeles Dodgers teammate Clayton Kershaw may be the best pitcher ever and the Dodgers were playing so well that folks around here were booking World Series reservations in October the same way they would a table at Nobu, the Boston Red Sox offered a giant reality check.

Not so fast, Angelenos. Just because Carl Crawford, for one, wanted to beat the Red Sox "bad" doesn't mean the Sox sign off on the script. The latest ...

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