Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 6/27/13
Boston sports fans undoubtedly feel a little down right now. Their Bruins were just denied a chance to play in a Game 7 for Lord Stanley’s Cup, the Celtics just traded Doc Rivers and former Patriot Aaron Hernandez has been charged with murder. So, it’s hard to look positively at Boston sports at the moment. But luckily for the fans, they still have their beloved Red Sox, who are sitting in first place in the American League East and have the third-best record in the majors. Not only do the Red Sox have the best record in the AL, but they also had Clay Buchholz pitching like a Cy Young candidate until a neck injury sidelined him, Jose Iglesias on fire at the plate and David Ortiz playing like it’s 2004. All of this success has come with some setbacks, though. Though the team has had its issues, the Red Sox are on top of the AL East, a place not many people expected them to be after their 69-93 season last year. But while the Bruins’ made an inspiring run to the Stanley Cup Final, these surprising Red Sox have flown under the radar in Boston, which isn’t a familiar position for the boys of summer. So in case you haven’t been following the Sox, here are the top 10 things you should know about them. Check out the top 10 storylines of the Red Sox’ 2013 season >>

This article first appeared on NESN.com and was syndicated with permission.

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