Quote to note

"We're really not that different from last year. We started the second half off last year with a horrendous road trip, and everybody wrote us off and we bounced back. You've got to play the games. We get to .500, slip back, get to .500, slip back. At some point, we need to get to .500 and kick it into gear. That's harder to do than it is to say."
-- Francona

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