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Marco Scutaro not sold short in Boston

Battle through injuries won Terry Francona's respect, starting job for 2011

Updated: March 1, 2011, 9:55 PM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona has made it clear time and again that Marco Scutaro will be his starting shortstop for the 2011 season.

When asked earlier in camp whether there would be a competition at the position between Scutaro and Jed Lowrie, Francona broke down the game plan for the start of the season.

There are a few reasons why Scutaro will get the nod at short, but the primary one is that he earned his manager's respect when he played through ...

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