Originally written February 06, 2013 on NESN.com:
With Truck Day (literally) in the rear view mirror and players already reporting early to Fort Myers, a new Red Sox season is nearly upon us. Everyone knows that 2012 did not go as planned for Boston, and while injuries played a big part in the Sox’ subpar season, it was largely a pitching staff that wasn’t up to snuff that doomed the season. This year, however, with former pitching coach John Farrell returning to Fenway as manager, the Sox seem to have a feeling that this year will be different. Heading into the Grapefruit League, Boston’s five starting pitchers seem to be set. Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz, Ryan Dempster, John Lackey and Felix Doubront are slated for the No. 1 through 5 slots, and quite possibly in that order. So, barring any spring injuries, we have a pretty good idea what the rotation will look like. But who will win the most games? Lester is looking for a return to his former ace-like form, while Buchholz will attempt to avoid a second consecutive year of early sea...
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