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Red Sox are in need of bullpen help

ANAHEIM, Calif. — It’s a good thing the Red Sox have been able to build a decent lead in the American League East (4½ games over the Orioles and Rays) because they dropped the first series of this 10-game West Coast swing to the Angels with a 3-0 loss and some areas of concern are cropping up.

The good news is the Sox have performed well in the most essential area for success — starting pitching — but are starting to fall on the back end of the pitching staff — the bullpen.

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