The recent Sox’ success defies some logic. Their ace is on the DL. Their secondary ace has been beaten up his last three outings. Their prized import had a case of the technicolor yawns on Friday. Their leadoff hitter is hitting in the .230s. Their emotionless on-base and hitting automaton in right field is in a monthlong slump and playing at a level more befitting a $75K contract, not a $75M contract. Their cleanup hitter has been mired in the low/mid .200s (last night’s four hit affair excluded). Alex Cora continues to see regular action. Yet the team continues to win. Last night they dispatched the Rangers 7-4, giving them a record of 3-2 on the current road trip. Since heading to New York for their big series this past Monday, the Sox have extended their hold on the division, and a win today in a game started by (gulp!) Julian Tavarez would send the Sox back to Fenway to face the classy Cleveland Indians with a minimum 11 game lead and a head of steam. Comment about the game here.