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Last call for Alfredo Aceves?

John Farrell's patience with unpredictable pitcher seems to be wearing thin

Updated: April 24, 2013, 2:50 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- John Farrell has gone to the barricades a few times for Alfredo Aceves since becoming manager of the Red Sox, citing his value as a swingman while others questioned his erratic behavior, which last season led to his suspension by manager Bobby Valentine.

But even for Farrell, the task of defending the mercurial pitcher is becoming an ever-increasing challenge.

Tuesday night, in the aftermath of a third inning that became an act of immolation, Aceves walking and balking ...

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