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Repeat after me: 'The Red Sox have not turned the corner, the Red Sox have not turned the corner..."

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Repeat after me: 'The Red Sox have not turned the corner, the Red Sox have not turned the corner..."

Alex Cora demands accountability of his players, and the media should be no different. So in the interests of accountability, let's take a cringe-worthy trip through the 2019 archives.

April 21: "It's hard to overstate the significance of sweeping the first place Rays. Not only did the Red Sox draw within five games of Tampa, they finally looked like the team that won it all last year."

May 1: "Add it up and they have very sneakily won eight of their last 12, which projects to -- hey, why does this number sound familiar? -- 108 wins."

May 10: "We felt cautious optimism as the Sox turned a corner in late April, but now they're in full rampage mode, providing yet another reminder that the 2018 World Series champions have not, in fact, left the building."

May 17: "The Red Sox believe they've righted the ship after starting 3-9 and 9-15. They're coming off a walk-off win over the Rockies and have surged over the last month, from the return to form of dominating ace Chris Sale, to the emergence of rookie slugger Michael Chavis, to the breakthrough of third baseman Rafael Devers."

June 20: "After taking two of three from the American League-leading Twins to run their overall streak to seven wins in eight games, it's fair to say that the Red Sox are ba--. They're ba--. They're BA--. They're …"

The author of all that ill-fated optimism? This guy. But I've finally learned my lesson, because you know how the saying goes: Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me 11 times, shame on the Boston Red Sox.

Well I'm not falling for it anymore. I don't care if they win 20 in a row, I will not declare that the Red Sox have turned a corner or rediscovered their championship mojo. Cora and the players can go there, but not me.

From here on out, let skepticism reign. How many times must we watch the Red Sox make what feels like a leap forward, only to plow straight into that Jersey barrier? The latest example came this weekend, when they returned home after taking two of three from the AL-leading Twins and promptly lost two of three to the hapless Blue Jays, blowing a 6-0 lead on Saturday before being blown out in Sunday's finale.

The loss dropped the Red Sox to a game under .500 at Fenway Park, where they won 57 games last year. They trail the Yankees by eight games in the division and Tampa by 3.5 games for the first wild card. If the season ended today, they wouldn't even make the playoffs. They trail both the Indians and Rangers, and if they're not careful, they could let the lowly White Sox back into the race over the next three nights. They boast a winning record against just two of the top seven teams in the AL (2-1 vs. Minnesota and 4-3 vs. Oakland). Their odds of making the playoffs remain a dismal 31.4 percent.

Their slide down the standings isn't a mirage, either. They're not only seventh in the American League in record, they rank seventh in no fewer than eight statistical categories, from team ERA (4.27) to home runs (111) to fielding percentage (.983).

Does this sound like a team turning the corner to you? Me, neither. They are the definition of slightly above average, and the sooner we accept it, the easier it will be to take when they sweep the Yankees and then lose three of four to the Orioles, or move in to the second wild card spot on a Thursday and trail three teams for it by Sunday.

So that's it, I'm done. I'm out. You want to know if the Red Sox have finally turned the corner? Talk to me in October.

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Here's Eduardo Nunez's message for Red Sox fans after DFA decision

Here's Eduardo Nunez's message for Red Sox fans after DFA decision

Eduardo Nunez's career with the Boston Red Sox didn't have the ideal ending, but he has plenty of fond memories to cherish from his time with the historic MLB franchise.

Nunez delivered a message to Red Sox fans, via ESPN's Marly Rivera, after the team decided to designate him for assignment Monday.

“I’d like to thank all Red Sox fans for all the great moments we shared and the amazing experience of being World Champions. I only have positive things to say about the Red Sox organization, and I know my career will go on.”

Nunez was acquired by the Red Sox in a trade with the San Francisco Giants in 2017.

Perhaps his most memorable moment in Boston came during Game 1 of the 2018 World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Nunez hit a three-run pinch hit homer in the seventh inning that secured a series-opening win.

Nunez was batting .228 with two home runs and 20 RBI in 60 games for the Red Sox before he was DFA'd. 

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Red Sox fans couldn't believe Pablo Sandoval won Giants' 'Heart and Hustle' award

Red Sox fans couldn't believe Pablo Sandoval won Giants' 'Heart and Hustle' award

We'll give you two words to describe Pablo Sandoval's tenure with the Boston Red Sox.

We're guessing you won't choose "Heart" and "Hustle."

That's why Red Sox fans may have done a double take Tuesday when the San Francisco Giants announced their 2019 "Heart and Hustle Award" winner was none other than Sandoval.

Yes, that's the same Sandoval who put up career lows with the Red Sox in 2015 after signing a five-year, $90 million contract and played just three games in 2016 after showing up to training camp overweight.

Let's check in on Red Sox writers and fans who learned of Sandoval's award in real time:

All snark aside, you could make the case that Sandoval deserves this award. The 32-year-old has revived his career since returning to San Francisco in 2018 and is hitting a respectable .269 with 11 home runs and 33 RBIs as a role player for a Giants team with few other bright spots.

That's a tough pill to swallow for the Red Sox, who still owe Sandoval $18 million this year on a buyout and have watched the veteran third baseman thrive everywhere but in Boston.

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