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Red Sox well-versed in versatility

Patience, power, speed, pitching, defense -- Boston keeps winning in many ways

Updated: October 9, 2013, 11:13 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The raucous scene, which included Boston Red Sox pitchers merrily tossing bullpen catcher Brian Abraham into a bucket of ice that only moments before had been emptied of the adult beverages stocked for such occasions, suggested otherwise.

But Jonny Gomes, his beard still holding droplets of champagne like ornaments on a Christmas tree, said there was more than meets the eye.

"This was not so much a celebration," he said, "as a deep breath. You talk about sleepless ...

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