This is what it was:

Pedro Ciriaco
Dustin Pedroia
Cody Ross
Ryan Lavarnway
Mauro Gomez
Mike Aviles
Daniel Nava
Scott Podsednik
Jose Iglesias

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:

Robert Andino
J.J. Hardy
Nick Markakis
Vladimir Guerrero
Matt Wieters
Adam Jones
Mark Reynolds
Chris Davis
Matt Angle

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.

 

Inside the enemy clubhouses


A's lefty Brett Anderson out for the rest of the season

Angels lefty C.J. Wilson has closed-door meeting with Scioscia

Questions surround Yankees' Teixeira and Sabathia

Rays pitchers close in on AL strikeout record for a season

A Boston slant on Duquette returning to Fenway in pennant chase


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