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Franklin Morales is somewhat of a forgotten man in the Red Sox’ bullpen. That might not be the case too much longer.
Morales’ health has prevented him from building on his solid 2012 season, but he’s now moving in the right direction and could carve out an important role. Morales pitched a perfect ninth inning in the Red Sox’ 5-1 win over the Yankees on Saturday, and we could begin to see the left-hander more frequently in the later innings, particularly when the club’s primary late-inning relievers aren’t available.
“He adds another dimension to our bullpen,” Farrell said Saturday. “Those innings where we need a strikeout, he’s got that capability if it’s a little bit of a dirty inning or someone’s got to come in and pick up a starter. He can be a huge boost to us going forward.”
Morales transitioned to a starter in 2012 and was one of Boston’s lone bright spots in the otherwise tumultuous Bobby Valentine era. Morales’ 2013 season didn’t get off the ground until late May, howe
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Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a grand slam to power the Red Sox to an 8-4
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