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Despite loss, reason for optimism

While young pitchers have battled, injured Red Sox starters are circling

Updated: July 16, 2011, 1:47 PM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The entire Boston Red Sox starting rotation for the 2011 season was in attendance Friday at Tropicana Field. All nine pitchers who have started a game for the Red Sox this season were in the visitors' clubhouse. Even Daisuke Matsuzaka was in the house.

When Boston began the season, it had the possibility of having one of the best rotations in baseball. Injuries and adversity have derailed that a bit, but it appears things are beginning to straighten out for the ...

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