Boston Red Sox: 5 Things the Club Must Do in July

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Boston Red Sox: 5 Things the Club Must Do in July
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After enjoying a strong May and, for the most part, a solid June, the Red Sox have hit a rough patch.

Going back to June 18, a span of 16 games, the club has gone 8-8, losing series to the Padres, Pirates and Phillies.  It's only a short stretch, and Boston is certainly good enough to weather some .500 baseball. But these recent performances do highlight some significant problems.

As the trading deadline of July 31 draws near, the Sox will almost certainly make some moves.  They're unlikely to be blockbusters given how much money the club has on the books and how little flexibility its situation affords.  But even small changes could go a long way toward creating lasting improvements.

Here are five things that the Red Sox should do in the month of July. 

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