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From closer to starter, Lowe was masterful

Derek Lowe was golden in making the transition from closer to starter for the Red Sox last season.

Originally Published: March 12, 2003
By Sean McAdam | Special to ESPN.com

As much as anyone, Derek Lowe knows what Danny Graves and Byung-Hyun Kim are going through. A year ago, he was making the same transition.

Following a disastrous 2001 season that saw him lose his closer's role to teammate Ugueth Urbina, Lowe returned to the starting rotation where he had worked prior to coming to Boston in a trade from Seattle in 1997.

The switch worked better than either Lowe or the Red Sox could have dreamed. Lowe won 21 games (including a no-hitter), ...

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