Boston Red Sox: David Ortiz and 5 Players Key to Beating the Rays

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Boston Red Sox: David Ortiz and 5 Players Key to Beating the Rays
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It seems like the Red Sox think it is the first week of the season again. Everything is going the wrong way, and they are losing games (not to mention their lead in the AL Wild Card) on what seems to be a nightly basis.

The Sox need to get out of this funk, and they better do it quickly with the Tampa Bay Rays coming to town tonight. Tampa has been on a tear, and now sits only 4.0 games back of Boston in the wild-card race.

What will it take for the Sox to prevail this weekend and hopefully increase their lead in the Wild Card and make up some ground on the Yankees for the division title? A lot of their players will need to perform more than they have, and they need to step up during this pivotal series.  

Whether it is their veteran leaders or young guns just coming up, it will take great performances to come out of this series on top. Although I think the entire team needs to play well, there are a few players that need to have a great series in order to give Boston some breathing room for the rest of the season.

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