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.)

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