Relentless Red Sox grind their way into ALCS

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Boston's pesky tablesetters, Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia, made life miserable for the Rays in the ALDS.

Boston's pesky tablesetters, Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia, made life miserable for the Rays in the ALDS.

• The bunting this postseason has been atrocious. This is what happens when the sacrifice bunt is used at an all-time low rate, as happened this year. Then we get close games in October and managers embrace it -- though their players can't do it. Give credit to Oakland second baseman Eric Sogard, who dropped a seventh-inning bunt that set up a run yesterday. The A's put down just 21 sacrifice bunts during the season. Only the White Sox had fewer.