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We're No. ... 24?

Bet you didn't figure the Sox could play the "No Respect" card this year.

The Red Sox came into 2011 season as hyped as any team in recent memory.

But at 2-7, they're free to start playing the underdog card.

Take this week's ESPN Power Rankings. They have the Sox all the way down at 24th -- quite a fall from seventh last time.

The Pirates, for reference, are 22nd.

(Boston's payroll is about $161 million. Pittsburgh's is $46 million.)