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Red Sox have come a long way

One more win -- at Fenway, no less -- will complete their improbable journey

Updated: October 30, 2013, 2:48 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- There were signs. Easy to miss, to be sure, back when David Ortiz could barely walk, Mike Napoli's hips came with "Fragile -- Handle with Care" stickers affixed, Stephen Drew couldn't see straight because of a concussion, John Lackey said he was just happy to hit the catcher's glove in the air, Jonny Gomes said his new whiskers were "day to day" and even the manager, John Farrell, like seemingly half of his roster, was coming off a down year.

But Dustin Pedroia, who jokes about ...

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