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John Farrell vows to improve Red Sox

Ex-pitching coach welcomed back as Sox introduce manager

When the Red Sox hired Bobby Valentine as their manager 11 months ago, they took a risk that was akin to purchasing a lottery ticket.

There was at least some chance that Valentine’s considerable personality would spur a bruised team to success. But the odds were greater that an opinionated outsider would make a bad situation even worse.

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