NEW YORK — The Red Sox season ended on Sept. 29 when Mookie Betts kept on running and scored from first base on a single to right field in the bottom of the ninth inning against the inept Baltimore Orioles. But for all practical purposes, the season ended late in the afternoon on July 31 when the Sox decided not to make any trades to improve their worn-down pitching staff before the deadline hit. The Sox were 59-49 at the time, nine games out of first place but only 2½ games behind the Athletics in the American League wild-card race with 54 games to play. Sox manager Alex Cora said in the days leading up to the deadline that he thought there would be additions. The players felt the same way.
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