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Sox clubhouse a comfort zone

Farrell has created a place where players can thrive by being themselves

Updated: February 25, 2014, 5:48 PM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBOSTON.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Dustin Pedroia started to have success at the big league level once he was able to combine his personality and baseball skills into one giant pain in the butt.

When he first was promoted to the majors during the 2006 season, and again at the start of his first full season in 2007, Pedroia struggled because he thought, as a rookie, he had to be seen and not heard. He wasn't himself and it affected his play.

Fortunately for the Red Sox, then-manager ...

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