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Red Sox say slump hasn't dented their effort, confidence

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It's a four-game losing streak, and if it occurred in July, it wouldn't receive much attention. But the Red Sox are 0-4, and it seems natural to at least wonder what's happening to a team widely predicted to win the World Series.

"Everybody's trying, dog," slugger David Ortiz said after Tuesday night's 3-1 loss in Cleveland. "All it's going to take is one click, man. Just one click. That's what turns things around. When you're facing this kind of situation, you definitely want to get the first one out of the way -- and keep on moving. That's how things get started. Everyone's got a great attitude. Everyone's coming down early and getting ready to play. Things just aren't happening right now."

On either side of the ball.

Last weekend, the Red Sox allowed 26 runs -- and 11 home runs -- in a three-game sweep by the Rangers. On Tuesday night, right-hander Josh Beckett hardly dominated, but he pitched well enough to win. Instead, the Red Sox mustered only four hits against Indians starter Josh Tomlin and two relievers.

"We did a really poor job of being selective and getting good pitches to hit," first baseman Adrian Gonzalez said. "You've got to make sure you don't chase pitches out of the zone."

And while an 0-4 start is hardly reason for panic, here's a sobering statistic: No team that started 0-4 has ever won a World Series.

"We've got big hopes for the season on this lineup, so the way we've been playing so far is a little bit of a surprise to us," said new left fielder Carl Crawford, who has two hits in his first 15 at-bats. "I know a lot of guys got a lot of pride in here and are upset about it. At some point, that has to change."

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