Found April 16, 2012 on NESN.com:
The Red Sox offense sputtered through the first week, save for a 12-run outburst in the series finale with the Tigers. A trip home, however, was just what the doctor ordered, as the Sox offense has exploded for 31 runs in their first three home games. It sounds like Rays manager Joe Maddon might think that Boston's turnaround at the plate may be more than just the product of the Sox getting to sleep in their own beds. Maddon didn't directly accuse the Sox of stealing signs following Sunday's game, but the Tampa Bay skipper definitely opened things up for...
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