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John Farrell’s patience in Red Sox rewarded

Red Sox offense finally busts out

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Prior to Wednesday night’s 9-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays, Red Sox manager John Farrell said he wasn’t ready to press the shuffle button on his underperforming lineup.

“I have given it some thought,” Farrell said before the game. “And yet the one thing that I don’t want to create in there is more uncertainty. At a time when you could understand if some frustration starts to filter in, I want there to be some stability and some continuity to the work that we’re doing. That includes them understanding that there’s a lot of belief and trust in them as players.”

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