Crawford, Gonzalez Additions Could Push Boston Over Century Mark

Winning 100 games realistic for loaded Red Sox

      BOSTON (AP) – The Boston Red Sox came close to winning 100 games
in six of the last eight seasons. Could this be the year they do
it?
      Their lineup is loaded. Their rotation is strong. Their bullpen
is improved. Their health is much better.
      And the addition of two of baseball's most productive players,
Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez, makes them widely favored to
reach the World Series for the third time in eight years.
      Pitcher Josh Beckett thinks the Red Sox have a chance to win
100. But in the past 24 years, only two of the 25 teams that
reached that high level won the championship. And the Red Sox have
won 100 games only three times since they began playing in 1901.
      Boston goes after its first win in Friday's season opener at the
Texas Rangers.
      
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