Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 5/18/12
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The Red Sox and Phillies have both gotten out to slower starts than they probably would have liked, and it's not making life any easier for the men in charge of leading the teams from the dugout. Bobby Valentine and Charlie Manuel had their work cut out for them after the first few weeks of the season, and both rose to the challenge. Manuel's Phillies have won five in a row to climb back above .500 on the year while the Red Sox have won six of their last seven to steady themselves after stumbling through the early part of...

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