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Morales emerges as problem solver

With Beckett on DL, reliever-turned-starter shows he can rise to the occasion

Updated: June 18, 2012, 3:44 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

CHICAGO -- How could Bobby Valentine have known what he had in left-hander Franklin Morales back in spring training?

"There were too many questions," the Boston Red Sox manager said Sunday night.

All he had were the reports -- Morales had trouble throwing strikes, Morales wasn't especially durable -- and then he was told Morales had a weak shoulder and couldn't throw, the training staff keeping him out of game action for the better part of three weeks in camp.

Weak shoulder? ...

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