Red Sox start season in big hole

Andrew Bailey's thumb surgery gets Bobby Valentine's tenure off to shaky start

Updated: April 4, 2012, 2:35 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

DETROIT -- Recent history suggests that when the Boston Red Sox begin the season with a debilitating injury, it does not bode well for the Olde Towne Teame.

The worst season the Sox had this century came in 2001, when Nomar Garciaparra, the American League batting champion the previous two seasons, learned on the eve of the season that he would need reconstructive surgery on his wrist. He was never the same, appearing in just 21 games that season, and the Sox crumbled under the weight ...

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