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Patience pays for Scutaro

How a discerning eye at the plate gave the Red Sox shortstop his breakout season

Updated: March 18, 2010, 4:33 PM ET
By Jeremy Lundblad | ESPN Stats and Information

Marco Scutaro is a patient man.

In 2001, Scutaro was a 25-year-old second baseman who had never sniffed the major leagues.

He'd put together a solid year for the Indianapolis Indians, a Brewers affiliate, hitting .295 with 11 home runs. It was his third straight productive season in Triple-A. So on Sept. 1, with rosters expanding, it sure seemed reasonable that he'd finally get the call he'd been waiting for.

But Scutaro was waved into manager Wendell Kim's office only ...

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