Red Sox off to best start through 17 games in franchise history

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The Red Sox red hot start is the best in franchise history through 17 games. The 15-2 mark to begin the year surpasses the marks of 1904 and 1946.

The Sox extended their most recent winning streak to seven games with a 9-0 win over the Angels Wednesday night. After losing the season opener to the Rays, the Sox won nine straight games before losing their only other game of the year, on April 11, against the Yankees.

In 1904, the Boston Americans started the season 14-3 before losing two consecutive games. Led by Cy Young, the Americans eventually finished 95-59 and won the American League pennant. Due to a disagreement between the National League and the American League, no World Series was played in 1904, so Boston does not claim a world championship for that season.

The Americans defeated Pittsburgh in the 1903 World Series, the first-ever World Series played, after the owners of each team agreed to square off following the regular season to determine a true champion.

In 1946, the Boston Red Sox started the season 14-3 and continued to win the next seven games, improving their record to 21-3 before losing to the Yankees on May 11. Led by Ted Williams, the Red Sox finished 97-57 and won the American League pennant.

Boston lost the 1946 World Series in seven games to St. Louis.