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Red Sox first half review: Total bleepfest

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Red Sox first half review: Total bleepfest

How well were the Red Sox able to put last season's horrid September behind them? Not very.

Check out our half review video that chronicles the Sox's roller-coaster path to a .500 record in five turbulent minutes.

We start with the hiring of Bobby Valentine and then get right into spring training, which should force memories of contrition-free press conferences to come rushing back like the waters of a clogged toilet.

Then there's the great early-season awkwardness between Valentine, Kevin Youkilis and Dustin Pedroia. Remember "That's not how we handle our stuff around here"? Of course you do. And that's just the start.

We've got enough "bleep hole" and "horse bleep" moments to keep everyone's ears perked up between the more nauseating recaps of Red Sox injuries, meltdowns, blowups, injuries, roster moves and more injuries.

Given that there's a little masochist in all Red Sox fans, we think there's some sick and twisted part of you that will enjoy watching the video above. Have at it.

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Jayson Tatum vs. Markelle Fultz debate

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Jayson Tatum vs. Markelle Fultz debate

0:41 - Michael Holley, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith give their reactions on the Celtics getting their first win of the season and a comparison between Isaiah Thomas and Kyrie Irving in the 4th quarter.

7:17 - Phil Perry joins BST to break down the tale of the tape between the Falcons and the Patriots as he breaks down the quarterbacks, offense, defense, coaching, and intangibles between the two teams.

11:57 - Our crew on BST discuss number 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz and number 3 overall pick Jayson Tatum going up against each other and debate who seems like the better pick so far. 

16:35 - In this segment of Irrelevant Questions, Tom Curran interviews Patriots WR Phillip Dorsett as he asks him a bunch of random questions. 

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ALCS: Verlander, Astros beat Yankees 7-1 to force Game 7

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ALCS: Verlander, Astros beat Yankees 7-1 to force Game 7

HOUSTON -  Justin Verlander remained perfect with Houston, pitching seven shutout innings when the team needed him most, and Jose Altuve homered and drove in three runs as the Astros extended the AL Championship Series to a decisive Game 7 with a 7-1 win over the New York Yankees on Friday night.

Acquired in an Aug. 31 trade, Verlander has won all nine outings with the Astros. And with his new club facing elimination in Game 6 against the Yankees, he delivered again.

After striking out 13 in a complete-game victory in Game 2, Verlander threw another gem. The right-hander scattered five hits and struck out eight to improve to 9-0 with 67 strikeouts since being traded from Detroit. George Springer helped him out of a jam in the seventh, leaping to make a catch at the center-field wall and rob Todd Frazier of extra bases with two on and Houston up 3-0.

Game 7 is Saturday night in Houston, with the winner advancing to the World Series against the NL champion Los Angeles Dodgers.

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