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For Red Sox, starting pitchers a bright spot

FORT MYERS, Fla. — With 21 games gone (including exhibitions against Northeastern, Boston College, and Puerto Rico) and 17 to go in what already has been a long spring training, the Red Sox have begun to answer some questions, but others remain unanswered.

The major concern is the heel issues that David Ortiz, the centerpiece of the batting lineup, is experiencing, because he won’t be ready to start the season. A prolonged absence could impact the Sox considerably.

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