New arms, familiar challenge for Young

Incoming Red Sox pitching coach gives a scouting report on key members of his staff

Updated: March 25, 2011, 2:17 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- It was July, the Oakland Athletics were in Boston to play the Red Sox and Tony La Russa was in his third day as Athletics manager. It was 1986, and La Russa's choice to pitch that day was a quiet, unassuming pitcher who would make his first start in Fenway Park: Curt Young. As his teammate Mark McGwire would describe him years later, he was quiet but smart. "A very crafty left-hander,'' McGwire said.

Is there any other kind? "When two out of every three pitches ...

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