Kevin Youkilis is gone, but hope isn't

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The Boston Red Sox won their first game of the season 9-7 against the New York Yankees. As a result, their 1-0 record had them in first place in the American League East. They haven't been in first place since.

They've been close -- they were a half-game off the pace as recently as July 3 -- but right now they are six games behind the Yankees and also looking up at the Tampa Bay Rays.

The latest playoff odds have them with a 23 percent chance of playing meaningful games in October.

So -- can they get back into this race, even with all the injuries they've suffered?