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Farrell the right guy for the right team

Manager's roundabout return to Boston reverses Red Sox's flagging fortunes

Updated: October 4, 2013, 12:38 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- They talked about it, sure, when he was here the first time, because it wasn't a stretch to imagine him as manager of the Red Sox.

But it was usually in the context of, "When Tito eventually gets tired of this job, and wants to become a special adviser or something -- you know, 10 years from now -- we've got just the guy to replace him."

No one, Ben Cherington said, anticipated that change, when it came, would come with hurricane force. The team disintegrating on the field ...

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