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This is certainly not your father’s Boston Red Sox team coming in today to face the Mariners in a 1:10 p.m. PT start. Not even your older brother’s Red Sox, unless maybe your older brother was a twin born a few minutes earlier.
The Red Sox have ripped it up and are starting over again. That’s why they boast a lineup today brought to you by spring training.
Boston comes in having lost six in a row and 22 of their last 31. They are 19-30 since the All-Star Break — a .388 clip.
But they’ve gotten real, real different since that big trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers late last month. So different that owner John Henry (photo, far right) is in Seattle today and came to the ballpark for a look at his team. He also had breakfast with manager Bobby Valentine to get a gauge on where things stand.
These types of collapses are nothing new to teams — witness what’s going on in Cleveland and Toronto these days — but it’s been a while since the Red Sox have fallen apart like this. They faded badly in 2006, but won a World Series one year later, so that turned out to be nothing big.
Doubtful they win a championship next season, though. This is a big-time teardown, they don’t have the horses and (as discussed on this blog in regards to the Mariners) there isn’t a whole lot out there in free agency.
Back to the present, as if trading away the bigger pieces on the team hasn’t hurt, the Red Sox are also without injured David Ortiz and Will Middlebrooks. In other words, all that taunting you’ve endured in Safeco Field from visiting Red Sox Nation faithful in recent years? This week might be the time to get some licks in.

The lineups:
Red Sox (62-73)
77 Pedro Ciriaco 3B
2 Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF
15 Dustin Pedroia 2B
7 Cody Ross (L) RF
50 Mauro Gomez 1B
60 Ryan Lavarnway C
3 Mike Aviles DH
55 Ryan Kalish (L) LF
58 Jose Iglesias SS
11 Clay Buchholz RHP
Mariners (65-70)
13 Dustin Ackley (L) 2B
21 Franklin Gutierrez CF
15 Kyle Seager (L) 3B
27 John Jaso (L) DH
17 Justin Smoak (S) 1B
10 Eric Thames (L) RF
30 Miguel Olivo C
4 Carlos Peguero (L) LF
26 Brendan Ryan SS
38 Jason Vargas LHP
Hey, that Pedroia guy, I recognize. Ellsbury, too, since he’s from the Northwest. Cody Ross played in a World Series once, right? Mauro Gomez? Reminds me of Mauro Gozzo and I think he was from New England. And that Iglesias guy? Could carry a tune. So could his dad, I remember. Oh, wait, that’s not him. Sorry.