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McAdam: With shellacking of Mariners, Red Sox finally claim a winning record

There was, correctly, no back-slapping or anything remotely self-congratulatory for the Red Sox after they finished off a 14-1 win over the Seattle Mariners that finally sent them over the .500 mark for the first time.

And why would there be?

If anything, it's something of an embarrassment that it took the Red Sox almost exactly one-quarter of the season to achieve a winning record. So much more had been expected of the defending world champions and no one could have forecast that it would take just over six weeks to have a record reflecting more wins than losses.

This isn't where the Red Sox were trying to go. But all things considered, it's not a bad place from which to start.

And that was the overriding feeling at Fenway on Friday.