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Character not enough for Red Sox

Recent acquisitions could fill roles, but none of it will matter without more pitching

Updated: December 5, 2012, 9:12 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

NASHVILLE -- The template is borrowed from the San Francisco Giants. Or is it the St. Louis Cardinals? The Tampa Bay Rays? The Texas Rangers?

Or maybe it is merely a revival of the way the Boston Red Sox did business a decade ago, when they picked up a Japan-bound Kevin Millar here, a nontendered David Ortiz there, mixed in an unsung Bill Mueller and an overlooked Mark Bellhorn, blended them all together with the star quality they already had and created a powerhouse.

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