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Sox enter Game 5 half-full, half-empty

Lucky to be tied with Tigers, Boston better start hitting to have any ALCS hope

Updated: October 17, 2013, 9:14 AM ET
By Jackie MacMullan | ESPNBoston.com

DETROIT -- So here we are, knotted 2-2 in the American League Championship Series, yet it feels as though the Red Sox are losing their footing.

Like if something doesn't change soon, this one is going to slip away.

A 7-3 shellacking by the Detroit Tigers in Game 4 of the ALCS can have that effect on you, especially when yet another starter demonstrates total command of his pitches and thwarts a Boston lineup that has lost its muscle when it matters.

If you believe ...

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