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In the heat of the month

Though it will have to go some to beat the July heat, August is the time when baseball games feel like they are being played in a sauna, and the season, which to me started the day before yesterday, is beginning to take its final shape.

Boston has endured a very long losing streak and would seem to be done. Why? The same reason that bedevils all losing teams — pitching. The Sox score plenty of runs, but the guys on the mound, especially the starters, have let them down with a consistency that bespeaks a World Series hangover of biblical proportions.

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