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Sunday Baseball Notes

Suggestion box opened on behalf of Red Sox

The Red Sox didn’t have to be first in naming a new manager, but the fact that they will be last has to be distracting in terms of trying to set their team for 2012.

It’s not that they haven’t done their due diligence in contacting free agents and other teams regarding deals. But clearly the focus is on a manager, and one would think Bobby Valentine is the lead dog right now, unless philosophical differences derail him.

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