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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. “I’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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