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07:28 AM ET 09.02 | Now, Oakland had it rough down the stretch of 2012 -- this time around doesn't look so difficult for any playoff contender, but it's worth looking at their slates over the final weeks. And the dreaded (but far from dreadful) worst schedule goes to the ... 1. Boston Red Sox. ... At one point during this schedule ranking exercise, the Red Sox had the second toughest. Then it was third. Ultimately they landed in first because despite having the most off-days of any team in baseball during September, the Red Sox face such a large volume of games against good teams -- about 80 percent against teams at least eight games over .500 -- it would wear on even the best. Look at the first 16 games: vs. Tigers, at Yankees, at Rays, vs. Yankees, vs. Orioles. That is wicked.

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September 2, 2013  09:03 AM ET

They'll be fine.

September 2, 2013  09:24 AM ET

Wicked awesome.

September 2, 2013  09:26 AM ET

If it's not dreadful so what!

September 2, 2013  09:59 AM ET

I find it laughable that some of the opposing teams fans think the Sox have been 'lucky' to be in first. One of the toughest schedules in baseball and still pulling ahead in first. This will be a good stretch to prepare for the post season. With Clay back, lets see how they perform. The Sox have control of their own destiny for the playoffs and home field advantage throughout the playoffs.

September 2, 2013  10:11 AM ET

The schedules don't get any easier in the playoffs, so sack up and play the games.

September 2, 2013  10:14 AM ET

Bottom line is each team plays the same teams in their league at different times during the season, so maybe that is one of the reasons they are leading their division beating up on weaker teams.

September 2, 2013  10:15 AM ET

A 5-1/2 game lead gives them something positive to work with.

September 2, 2013  10:15 AM ET

To be the best, you have to beat the best.





<flips quarter to Ric Flair>

September 2, 2013  10:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

The schedules don't get any easier in the playoffs, so sack up and play the games.

I was hoping they would get to keep playing the White Sox.

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September 2, 2013  10:34 AM ET

Boston has done a great job, should be a great September for them!

September 2, 2013  11:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Seems that way.

Jake Peavy has been a key acquisition.

September 2, 2013  11:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

The schedules don't get any easier in the playoffs, so sack up and play the games.

Indeed, BALL-UP Beantown!

September 2, 2013  11:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

To be the best, you have to beat the best. <flips quarter to Ric Flair>

Where you wearing a feather boa and running your fingers through your Liquid Paper white hair when you said that? ;p

<flips Mrs. Nesmith quarter for inventing Liquid Paper and flips off Michael for being the douchehammer that broke up the Monkees>

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September 2, 2013  11:39 AM ET

It will be a fine tune-up for the World Series run!

September 2, 2013  12:48 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I find it laughable that some of the opposing teams fans think the Sox have been 'lucky' to be in first. One of the toughest schedules in baseball and still pulling ahead in first. This will be a good stretch to prepare for the post season. With Clay back, lets see how they perform. The Sox have control of their own destiny for the playoffs and home field advantage throughout the playoffs.

...and thanks to those who do deem the Sox "lucky" because without luck, teams win nothing. Talent, luck and health....gotta have all 3 components for a successful season...think the Sox would have preferred Tony Clark's ball NOT to bounce into the stands, game 4 2004 ALCS? Think Yankee fans would have preferred Jeffrey Maier to not interfere with the ball Tony Tarasco was trying to catch? To these fans I say if luck was bouncing your way, there'd be no complaints.

 
September 2, 2013  01:34 PM ET
QUOTE(#19):

...and thanks to those who do deem the Sox "lucky" because without luck, teams win nothing. Talent, luck and health....gotta have all 3 components for a successful season...think the Sox would have preferred Tony Clark's ball NOT to bounce into the stands, game 4 2004 ALCS? Think Yankee fans would have preferred Jeffrey Maier to not interfere with the ball Tony Tarasco was trying to catch? To these fans I say if luck was bouncing your way, there'd be no complaints.

Thats a great story. Now go make me a sandwich.

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