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Molina shows Sox what could have been

Boston loses 8-4 to the Rangers at the hands of the catcher and his cycle

Updated: July 18, 2010, 1:25 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Perhaps if the Red Sox's catching crisis had occurred just days earlier, Bengie Molina would have been sought out by Boston before the Texas Rangers grabbed him.

On June 30, the night Tampa Bay's Carl Crawford fouled a ball that struck Jason Varitek and fractured his right foot -- putting a second Sox catcher on the DL -- the Rangers closed a deal with the San Francisco Giants for Molina, a decorated veteran made available because the Giants were ready to promote phenom Buster Posey.

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