This is what it was:
It's more or less a Triple-A team with a couple true major leaguers marbled within. That's something that isn't rare for a 68-83 team in September -- but it's not a lineup you expect to see from the Red Sox, a team that was thought to be the best in baseball just 13 months ago.
The Orioles actually played the Red Sox on this date last year at Camden Yards. Here was the lineup the 65-89 O's put out on that day:
By comparison, that lineup seems loaded compared to the one Boston might throw out there tonight.
Now, some of these Red Sox you haven't heard of are promising young players, and a few of their stars are injured (David Ortiz and Will Middlebrooks) or just didn't start last night (Jacoby Ellsbury). But it's pretty striking to think how much has changed in the span of a year.
The Red Sox aren't only out of the race and relegated to playing spoiler -- they're in the early stages of a major rebuilding phase.
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