The Red Sox suddenly are playing like a team that wants to make a playoff push without any major roster changes.

With rumors swirling heading into today's 4 p.m. trade deadline, the Sox are riding a three-game winning streak after they beat the Detroit Tigers, 7-3, last night at Fenway Park.

The Sox have been stuck in limbo, remaining within striking distance in the wild card race without stringing together an extended stretch that inspired thoughts of the postseason. With the clock ticking for general manager Ben Cherington to make a decision about the team's direction, Dustin Pedroia and Clay Buchholz made a case for staying the course.