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Red Sox winning after Alex Cora shaves beard

Red Sox winning after Alex Cora shaves beard

One of the enduring beauties of baseball remains the long season, and how quickly and how much things can change. And how, above all, a bad start, or even a bad half-season, doesn’t mean a team can’t play its way out of things. We always talk about how there’s no clock in baseball (until a pitch clock comes along, anyway). But there is always time to get things right.

The last World Series champ, the Braves, were 44-45 last summer, hadn’t spent a day over .500 at that point. Three years ago, the Nationals were 19-31 after 50 games, ended up winning at all.

This season, the Braves started out slowly. Here they come, nine wins in a row through Friday night. The Phillies seemed lost a couple of weeks ago, but through Friday night had gone 8-0 under new manager, Rob Thomson, a terrific baseball lifer finally getting his chance.

Then, there are the 2022 Red Sox.

They were 10-19 a month ago — and 14-22 after losing, 13-4, to Houston on May 17 this after coming within two games of making it back to the World Series last October. They still didn’t have Chris Sale, didn’t have a closer, kept blowing one save after another, weren’t hitting — at least not the way everybody expected them to with Raffy Devers and J.D. Martinez and Xander Bogaerts in the middle of the order and having brought in Trevor Story to back all of them up.

A quarter of the way through this season, it suddenly felt as if the way the Red Sox closed last season — all the way until they were 2-1 up against the Astros in the American League Championship Series, almost hadn’t happened at all.

But it was happening at the beginning of the long season. Happening under a manager, Alex Cora, who knows how to play the long game and who knows how to hold together a team in trouble, even early. Last season, there was an 0-3 start at home against the Orioles, before the Sox got hot. The Red Sox got out of that hole. This season, they dug a bigger one, well past April.

Now after starting 10-19,…

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