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Slumping Red Sox look to ignite offense

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DETROIT — As a prelude to one of their greatest redemption campaigns in franchise history, the Red Sox last spring ran a full-page newspaper ad. It was titled, “What’s Broken Can Be Fixed,’’ and the message was superimposed over a portrait of Dustin Pedroia looking as if someone had just stolen his favorite glove and bat.

By the end of Game 4 of the American League Championship Series on Wednesday night, a lot of guys in the Sox clubhouse looked as if they could have posed for that portrait.

But after a 7-3 loss to the Tigers that evened the series at two, the Sox were desperate to rediscover the bats they had used to produce more runs this season than any team in baseball.

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