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Farrell explains approach to rotation

Updated: March 29, 2010, 7:59 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- With three days off in the first 10 days, the traditional approach would have been to use four starters through the first two turns of the rotation, with a fifth starter told that he would not be needed until April 18, two weeks after the start of the season.

But in mapping their pitching plans, Red Sox manager Terry Francona and pitching coach John Farrell chose a different route, one that was inclusive for all five starters. Their rationale was grounded ...

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