writer ranks Sox offense as baeball's best

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Many people claim they're disgusted with the Red Sox because of their collapse last year -- or, more specifically, because of the chicken-and-beer nonsense -- and vow not to watch any games this year. (Yeah, right.)

Well, Anthony Castrovince of thinks they'll be missing something if they follow through on that threat.

Castrovince ranked the lineups in Major League Baseball and concluded that the Red Sox have the top offense in either league. "There's simply no reason to expect them to regress significantly this year," writes Castrovince; in fact, he even thinks it's safe to assume Carl Crawford -- who was pretty awful in 2011 -- "will show at least marginal . . . improvement" this year, which could make them better.

"This is, arguably, one of the most stacked lineups in the game," he concludes.

Worth watching, wouldn't you think?

Lionel Messi says he is quitting Argentina national team


Lionel Messi says he is quitting Argentina national team

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Lionel Messi says he is quitting Argentina's national team.

Argentina and Messi lost a final for the third year in a row, with Chile winning the Copa America 4-2 on penalty kicks following a 0-0 tie Sunday night.

His nation's career scoring leader with 55 international goals, Messi sent Argentina's first penalty kick over the crossbar.

Messi tells the Argentine network TyC Sports "the national team is over for me. It's been four finals, it's not meant for me. I tried. It was the thing I wanted the most, but I couldn't get it, so I think it's over."

Messi and Argentina lost to Brazil in the 2007 Copa final and to Germany in extra time in the 2014 World Cup final. They lost last year's Copa final to host Chile on penalty kicks.

The 29-year-old Messi has led Barcelona to four Champions League titles.

Perry's Patriots 53-man roster projection


Perry's Patriots 53-man roster projection

With New England Patriots organized workouts finished until next month, Phil Perry puts together another 53-man roster projection.

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