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Red Sox shrug off absence of home-field advantage in World Series

07.13.11 at 12:38 am ET
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PHOENIX — Home-field advantage has not mattered to the Red Sox in their last two World Series. In both instances, the Sox swept a pair of games at Fenway Park before continuing their march on the road with a pair of victories in St. Louis in 2004 and Colorado in 2007 to conclude four-game sweeps.

Armed with that perspective, while the Sox’ participants in the All-Star Game admitted to some dismay about the fact that the National League representative in the World Series will have as many as four home games (including a potential winner-take-all Game 7), the AL’s 5-1 loss in the All-Star Game was not treated as a devastating event, despite the fact that the team with home-field advantage has won nine of the last 14 World Series.

“Unfortunately we didn’€™t come out on top but it was a lot of fun and had a lot of enjoyment and I was just excited to represent the Boston Red Sox here,” said Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis, who collected a single in his only at-bat. ‘€œI’€™m not disappointed. I kept the philosophy that we had to win on the road anyway. For us, we’€™ll have to go into somebody else’€™s place to play if we’€™re in the World Series.’€

Jacoby Ellsbury, who went 0-for-2 with a pair of strikeouts in his first All-Star Game, expressed similar sentiments.

“It would have been nice to get the win tonight,” he acknowledged. “It was a little disappointing not coming away with a win, but we’€™ve still got to play the other games. It’€™s home field advantage, but it’€™s not everything.”

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