The Red Sox haven't had a team start the season with six straight losses since 1945. But that group had a valid excuse. World War II was raging and Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr, Dom DiMaggio, and Johnny Pesky were among the players called into military service.

Now, a lifetime later, the Sox must find a way to beat the Cleveland Indians this afternoon to avoid that ignominy. The $161 million Sox were beaten again last night, 8-4, by the Indians.

Perhaps the best thing for the woeful Sox is that they left Progressive Field last night having to return quickly for the final game of the series at 12:05 p.m.