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Debate over Jose Iglesias heats up

Manager feeds fire by saying shortstop is ‘close’ to being ready

BRADENTON, Fla. - Bobby Valentine believes Jose Iglesias is ready to play in the major leagues. But the Red Sox manager was careful Wednesday not to say that he wants the 22-year-old shortstop on the roster for Opening Day.

There is a thin line between those ideas, and Valentine straddled it as he sat in the visitors dugout at McKechnie Field before the Red Sox played the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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