Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 3/23/12
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FORT MYERS, Fla. –– The grueling stretch of the 2011 season took its toll on Matt Albers. Through the first four months of the year –– and 35 appearances –– Albers was reliable and effective in the Red Sox bullpen, averaging a 1.96 ERA. His July was especially remarkable, considering he didn't surrender a single run during the month. But in August, the momentum was halted. During his next 21 appearances to end the season, the reliever would surrender 24 earned runs and six round-trippers, a disparity from his early season success. To combat that exhaustion down the stretch, Albers...
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