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Thornton on fence for Sox playoff pen

Veteran lefty reliever faces stiff competition for AL Division Series roster spot

Updated: September 27, 2013, 8:41 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

BALTIMORE -- Matt Thornton was ahead of the Red Sox on this beard thing.

"I started to grow one probably mid-August last year and didn't shave 'til right before spring training," he said. "I had a good one going. Long hair, full beard. Mine didn't get as long as Andrew Miller's, but it was long."

The beard is back since his trade from the White Sox in mid-July, so as appearances go, Thornton blends right in. The fit hasn't been quite as smooth in the bullpen, however. The Sox had ...

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