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New Red Sox undergoing chemistry test

FORT MYERS, Fla. — David Ross became a free agent the moment the World Series ended last fall. But he was more concerned at the time with getting his family packed to go on vacation.

A 35-year-old backup catcher with a well-earned reputation for his work behind the plate, Ross was confident there would be a market for his services. But he assumed it would take several weeks to develop and a few weeks after that to make a decision.

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