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ON BASEBALL

Red Sox can deal with loss of Ryan Dempster

Veteran’s decision leavesahole, but the team has ways to fill it

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Ryan Dempster was never going to have a big role on the 2014 Red Sox anyway. He was the sixth pitcher in a five-man rotation and he has some physical and family concerns, which is why he announced Sunday that he will not pitch in 2014, forfeiting his $13.25 million salary.

He was depth, however. Veteran depth.

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