(Eds: With AP Photos.) By JIM LITKE AP Sports Columnist You can never say for certain that a team has given up, but the Red Sox are making it awfully tempting.
They've lost the first six games on this latest West Coast swing, which arrived at the tail end of a five week-long skid that saw them plummet from 3 1/2 games out of a potential playoff spot to the depths of the American League East - and toward even more historic lows.
Wondering who to blame? Good luck. In the race to the bottom, it's become harder by the day to figure out who cares less, the players, manager Bobby Valentine, or his bosses.
Things got so bad this past weekend that Valentine not only showed up late to prepare for Friday's game in Oakland, his players responded by losing 20-2. After back-to-back losses followed Saturday and Sunday, he answered questions about his strategy, lineup choices and the mood in the clubhouse with barely disguised contempt.
That attitude was still very much on display when the tea...