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ON BASEBALL

Still reasons for optimism around Red Sox

DETROIT — You know why this could turn around for the Red Sox? Because at some point they’ll have all their players back. At some point David Ortiz and Mike Napoli, who came back after a stint on the disabled list, will consistently do what they did Sunday night — hit home runs.

At some point the Red Sox will get better hitting with runners in scoring position — 1 for 11 before Ortiz slammed his 14th homer into the stands in right to put an emphatic end to the five-game losing streak and send Boston away with a 5-3 win.

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