Can Red Sox avoid slow start?

Updated: April 3, 2012, 4:49 PM ET
By Jeremy Lundblad | ESPNBoston.com

The sour taste of September lingers.

Even with new faces at the helm of the Boston Red Sox, it will take actual games for the fresh start to become a reality.

That is, unless the Sox get off to yet another slow start.

For three straight seasons, the Red Sox have stumbled out of the gate. In 2009, Boston started 2-6 before rebounding with 11 straight wins. The hole was much deeper in 2010. Boston started 4-9, and didn't get above .500 for good until May 19.

And then there ...

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