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Getting there no longer enough

Billy Beane has built the A's into a perennial Series threat, but their window of opportunity is shrinking.

Updated: October 1, 2003, 2:09 PM ET
By Sean McAdam | Special to ESPN.com

In their long, tortured history, seldom have the Boston Red Sox entered a postseason series as the team experiencing less pressure -- self-generated or otherwise. Go 85 years between championships, and every series feels pressurized.

Not this time.

When the Red Sox open their American League Division Series against the Oakland A's tonight, it's the A's who will be faced with expectations.

The A's may have won nearly 400 games over the last four regular seasons, but when ...

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