Longtime Fenway employee Forester passes away at 91

Longtime Fenway employee Forester passes away at 91

Al Forester, the longtime Fenway Park employee who drove the cart carrying Ted Williams during the 1999 All-Star Game festivities in Boston, died on Wednesday from natural causes. He was 91.

Forester spent 52 seasons with the Red Sox after joining the grounds crew in 1957 and shifting to the security department later in his career. Even after his 2008 retirement, Forester remained active within the organization.

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Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Prospect Marrero finds rhythm in Fall League play

Red Sox's No. 10 prospect scores, hits two doubles to give Surprise a win

Prospect Marrero finds rhythm in Fall League play

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Pitching and defense ruled the day at Scottsdale Stadium on Friday, when the Surprise Saguaros narrowly earned a 2-1 victory over the Scottsdale Scorpions. There were no home runs, but the two teams combined to turn six double plays and record three outfield assists.

Surprise shortstop Deven Marrero, the Red Sox No. 10 prospect, had a hand in four of those double plays, and he doubled twice and scored one of the road team's two runs. Scottsdale scored in the first inning and was shut out the rest of the way, and Surprise tied the game in the fourth and pulled ahead for good in the fifth.

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Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Red Sox tab Davis to be new hitting coach

Farrell praises longtime big leaguer's personality in return to organization

Red Sox tab Davis to be new hitting coach

BOSTON -- By hiring Chili Davis, the Red Sox feel they've found a hitting coach with the type of enthusiasm and technique that players will feed off.

"It goes back to the person Chili is," said manager John Farrell. "You all will get to know him firsthand. This is someone that, setting aside a great playing career, it's someone that cares about the individuals that he's working with ultimately to make them better and to make us better.

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Schilling's postseason magic kept Sox rolling in '04 WS

After bloody sock game in ALCS, righty could barely walk before Game 2 start

Schilling's postseason magic kept Sox rolling in '04 WS

Ten years ago, the Red Sox and their fans were in the midst of an 86-year wait for a World Series championship. And after falling in the deepest of holes -- 3-0 against the Yankees in the American League Championship Series -- everything changed.

Boston would become the first -- and still only -- team in history to win a postseason series after trailing 3-0. And manager Terry Francona's team went on to win the final eight games of that postseason. MLB.com is doing retrospective pieces on the anniversary date of all eight of those wins with remembrances from key voices, continuing today with the 6-2 victory in Game 2 of the World Series.

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Red Sox's Bradley, Pedroia, Cespedes finalists for Gold Glove

Red Sox's Bradley, Pedroia, Cespedes finalists for Gold Glove

BOSTON -- The Red Sox have three finalists for a Rawlings American League Gold Glove, including rookie center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr.

Second baseman Dustin Pedroia and left fielder Yoenis Cespedes are the other two finalists from the Red Sox.

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Sox started 2004 Series with sense of inevitability

Boston unfazed by late Manny errors as Bellhorn hits go-ahead homer

Sox started 2004 Series with sense of inevitability

Ten years ago, the Red Sox and their fans were in the midst of an 86-year wait for a World Series championship. And after falling in the deepest of holes -- 3-0 against the Yankees in the American League Championship Series -- everything changed.

Boston would become the first - and still only -- team in history to win a postseason series after trailing 3-0. And manager Terry Francona's team went on to win the final eight games of that postseason. MLB.com is doing retrospective pieces on the anniversary date of all eight of those wins with remembrances from key voices, continuing today with the 11-9 victory in Game 1 of the World Series.

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Game 7 rout capped historic comeback in '04

Damon led charge with two HRs, six RBIs; Lowe stepped up on mound

Game 7 rout capped historic comeback in '04

Ten years ago, the Red Sox and their fans were in the midst of an 86-year wait for a World Series championship. And after falling in the deepest of holes -- 3-0 against the Yankees in the American League Championship Series -- everything changed.

Boston would become the first -- and still only -- team in MLB history to win a postseason series after trailing 3-0. And manager Terry Francona's team went on to win the final eight games of that postseason. MLB.com is doing retrospective pieces on the anniversary date of all eight of those wins with remembrances from key voices, continuing today with the 10-3 victory in Game 7 of the ALCS.

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jim Callis

Red Sox Arizona Fall League overview

Tremendous with glove, shortstop prospect Marrero aims to improve bat

Red Sox Arizona Fall League overview

Scouts have raved about Deven Marrero's defense for years. If he hadn't been so strongly committed to Arizona State, he might have been a first-round pick in 2009 out of American Heritage High in Plantation, Fla. His glovework with the Sun Devils made him a candidate for the No. 1 overall choice heading into '12, and still garnered him a $2.05 million bonus from the Red Sox when he slid to the 25th pick after slumping at the plate.

Marrero has continued to flash the leather in pro ball, showing excellent agility, range to both sides and the arm strength to make any throw from any angle. Managers rated him as having the strongest infield arm in the high Class A Carolina League in a 2013 Baseball America survey, and the Red Sox gave him their Minor League defensive player of the year award this season. He's sure-handed, too, having committed just 27 errors in 249 pro games, and he would have led the Carolina League last season and the Double-A Eastern League this year in fielding percentage if late-season promotions hadn't kept him from qualifying.

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Schilling's bloody sock the bridge to history

Act of medical-science improv helped pitcher win Game 6 of 2004 ALCS

Schilling's bloody sock the bridge to history

Ten years ago, the Red Sox and their fans were in the midst of an 86-year wait for a World Series championship. And after falling in the deepest of holes -- 3-0 against the Yankees in the American League Championship Series -- everything changed.

Boston would become the first -- and still only -- team in history to win a postseason series after trailing 3-0. And manager Terry Francona's team went on to win the final eight games of that postseason. MLB.com is doing retrospective pieces on the anniversary date of all eight of those wins with remembrances from key voices, continuing today with the 4-2 victory in Game 6 of the ALCS.

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Ortiz's heroics, Nixon's grab kept '04 WS in sight

Red Sox rally to beat Yankees in 14 innings in Game 5 of ALCS

Ortiz's heroics, Nixon's grab kept '04 WS in sight

Ten years ago, the Red Sox and their fans were in the midst of an 86-year wait for a World Series championship. And after falling in the deepest of holes -- 3-0 against the Yankees in the American League Championship Series -- everything changed.

Boston would become the first -- and still only -- team in history to win a postseason series after trailing 3-0. And manager Terry Francona's team went on to win the final eight games of that postseason. MLB.com is doing retrospective pieces on the anniversary date of all eight of those wins with remembrances from key voices, continuing today with the 5-4, 14-inning victory in Game 5 of the ALCS.

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Roberts' steal set amazing 2004 playoff run in motion

Three outs from being swept in ALCS, Red Sox stay alive with rally vs. Rivera

Roberts' steal set amazing 2004 playoff run in motion

Ten years ago, the Red Sox and their fans were in the midst of an 86-year wait for a World Series championship. And after falling in the deepest of holes -- 3-0 against the Yankees in the American League Championship Series -- everything changed.

Boston would become the first -- and still only -- team in history to win a postseason series after dropping the first three. And manager Terry Francona's team went on to win the final eight games of that postseason. MLB.com will do retrospective pieces on the anniversary date of all eight of those wins, with remembrances from key voices, starting today with the 6-4, 12-inning victory in Game 4 of the 2004 ALCS.

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Napoli to undergo surgery for sleep apnea

Napoli to undergo surgery for sleep apnea

After enduring a season riddled with minor injuries, Mike Napoli will reportedly undergo surgery on his jaw to address an ongoing problem with sleep apnea.

The Red Sox slugger told WEEI Radio in Boston that facial reconstruction surgery is scheduled for Nov. 4.

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Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Inbox: Do Sox have assets for big-time trade?

Beat reporter Ian Browne answers Boston fans' questions

Inbox: Do Sox have assets for big-time trade?

Welcome to an offseason edition of the Red Sox Inbox. These run on a weekly basis until Spring Training. There is certainly a lot to talk about this winter.

Just wondering if -- it's a big if, mind you -- the Marlins are willing to trade Giancarlo Stanton, would a package of Yoenis Cespedes, Allen Craig or Will Middlebrooks (possible Casey McGehee replacement) and Henry Owens be enough to get it done for Stanton? I think an outfield of Stanton, Rusney Castillo and Mookie Betts is fantastic.
-- Ryan, New Windsor, N.Y.

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Red Sox trio combines for five hits, six runs in AFL game

Prospects Marrero, Coyle, Castillo put on display for Saguaros

Red Sox trio combines for five hits, six runs in AFL game

The middle of the diamond had a distinctly Boston feel when Surprise was in the field Friday night.

For the second time in the young Arizona Fall League season, Saguaros manager Delino DeShields filled out his lineup card with Deven Marrero, Sean Coyle and Rusney Castillo, all members of the Red Sox organization, at shortstop, second base and center field, respectively.

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Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Red Sox ponder Craig's future in Boston

Versatile player aims to rebound from disappointing 2014 season

Red Sox ponder Craig's future in Boston

BOSTON -- As the Red Sox plot their course for what figures to be a highly eventful winter of retooling, one big question they will have to ask themselves is this: What kind of season will Allen Craig have in 2015?

When general manager Ben Cherington dealt for the right-handed hitter back on July 31, he knew that Craig was having a decidedly down year. And it only got worse over the final two months with the Red Sox.

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Lindsay Berra

Castillo looking to rack up at-bats in AFL action

Castillo looking to rack up at-bats in AFL action

Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo did not make his Arizona Fall League debut on Tuesday afternoon as his Surprise Saguaros dropped a 5-4 decision to the Peoria Javelinas in Surprise, Ariz.

It was simply a manager's decision that kept Castillo out of the lineup, but the 27-year-old is looking forward to racking up at least 100 at-bats during his time out West.

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Lindsay Berra is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Right-hander Beckett announces plans to retire

Nursing hip injury, veteran ends 14-year career that includes Series MVP, no-hitter

Right-hander Beckett announces plans to retire

ST. LOUIS -- Dodgers pitcher Josh Beckett, who threw a no-hitter in May but was on the disabled list for most of the last three months of the season, announced his retirement after the team was eliminated from the National League Division Series in a 3-2 loss in Game 4 on Tuesday night.

Beckett's season ended with torn labrum in his left hip. He said he will undergo surgery in May. Although many pitchers return from the arthroscopic operation and the resulting three-month rehab, Beckett said that's not in his plans.

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Inbox: Who are primary offseason targets?

Beat reporter Ian Browne answers Red Sox fans' questions

Inbox: Who are primary offseason targets?

Welcome to the first offseason edition of the Red Sox inbox. These will run on a weekly basis until Spring Training. There is certainly a lot to talk about this winter.

Realistically, who is the one position player and one pitcher the Red Sox will target this offseason?
-- Ryan O., Spring City, Penn.

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Martin among 10 finalists for '15 Frick Award

Martin among 10 finalists for '15 Frick Award

The list of 2015 Ford C. Frick Award finalists has been narrowed to 10, with the winner set to be announced on Dec. 10 at the Winter Meetings.

The finalists are Richie Ashburn, Billy Berroa, Rene Cardenas, Dizzy Dean, Dick Enberg, Ernie Johnson Sr., Ralph Kiner, Ned Martin, Joe Nuxhall and Jack Quinlan. The award is presented annually "for excellence in baseball broadcasting" by the Hall of Fame.

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Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Stars of tomorrow ready to shine as '14 AFL season begins

Stars of tomorrow ready to shine as '14 AFL season begins

Over its 23-year history, the Arizona Fall League has developed a reputation as a finishing school for baseball's top prospects. This year, once again, many of the game's best young players will gather in the desert, hoping to prove themselves in the same league that helped catapult Derek Jeter, Dustin Pedroia and Mike Trout to stardom.

When the AFL opens play Tuesday, the concentration of talent will again be readily apparent. Two of the three Opening Day games feature premium pitching matchups, and the third game is highlighted by two of the best shortstops in the Minor Leagues.

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Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Colbrunn elects not to return to Red Sox in 2015

Hitting coach helped team to '13 title; missed time in '14 with health problem

Colbrunn elects not to return to Red Sox in 2015

BOSTON -- Coming off their least-productive season as an offense in recent memory, the Red Sox will have a new hitting coach leading them in 2015. The club announced Friday that Greg Colbrunn, who served in that post the last two seasons, has elected not to return.

Colbrunn missed a part of the 2014 season after suffering subarachnoid hemorrhage in early June, then returned to the club in July.

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Red Sox, Lowell extend player development deal through '16

New York-Penn League club has been affiliated with Boston since 1996

Red Sox, Lowell extend player development deal through '16

The Red Sox agreed to extend their player development contract with the short-season Class A Lowell Spinners for two more years through the 2016 season, both clubs announced Thursday. Red Sox director of player development Ben Crockett, Spinners owner Drew Weber and president/general manager Tim Bawmann made the announcement.

The Red Sox originally entered into an agreement with the Spinners when the franchise moved from Elmira, N.Y., to Lowell, Mass., prior to the 1996 season. They play in the New York-Penn League, with their home games at Edward A. LeLacheur Park, which was built in '98.

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Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Young stars, free agents can help Red Sox rebound in 2015

Boston will try to repeat championship run after previous last-place division finish

Young stars, free agents can help Red Sox rebound in 2015

BOSTON -- It's always daunting for a last-place team to pick up the pieces and figure out how to regroup as quickly as possible. But the Red Sox are probably more comfortable than just about any other team in this predicament, considering they just went through it two winters ago and bounced back with a stunning World Series championship.

After going from worst to first to worst in the American League East, can the Red Sox get back to first again in 2015? Much of that will depend on what should be a highly eventful offseason for general manager Ben Cherington.

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Sox open to discussing extension with Cespedes

Newly acquired slugger led Major Leagues in outfield assists with 16 in 2014

Sox open to discussing extension with Cespedes

BOSTON -- The Red Sox are interested in negotiating a contract extension with outfielder Yoenis Cespedes during the offseason, but they aren't exactly sure when those talks will occur.

"It is just a conversation that we will have at the right time," Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said on Monday. "There is no specific date we'll plan on having that, but so far, we think the relationship is off to a good start."

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Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Red Sox reverse course a year after World Series title

Ortiz terrific again, but injuries, inconsistency lead Boston to fifth-place finish

Red Sox reverse course a year after World Series title

BOSTON -- Fresh off the glory of going worst to first, the Red Sox encountered disaster en route to an anemic title defense, doing the exact opposite in 2014.

First to worst isn't nearly as enjoyable. For the second time in three years, Fenway Park served as the host of a last-place team in the American League East.

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Farrell, Cherington take responsibility for rough season

Manager, GM acknowledge that they could've done things differently

Farrell, Cherington take responsibility for rough season

BOSTON -- Last year at this time, Red Sox manager John Farrell and general manager Ben Cherington were receiving well-deserved accolades for a magical season that would end in championship glory.

This year, both men are more than willing to take their share of accountability for a title defense that went bad early. And both are clearly eager for the challenge for putting together a far more representative Red Sox team in 2015.

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Offseason gives Sox a chance to overcome injuries

Buchholz to have meniscus surgery as several others receive treatment

Offseason gives Sox a chance to overcome injuries

BOSTON -- The injury bug bit many Red Sox players during the 2014 season. They'll now take the offseason to recover and be ready for the '15 campaign.

Right-hander Clay Buchholz will undergo right knee surgery to repair his meniscus on Tuesday by Red Sox orthopedist Dr. Peter Asnis.

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Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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AFL the next stop for Red Sox's Castillo

AFL the next stop for Red Sox's Castillo

BOSTON -- The Red Sox are wasting no time in making sure Rusney Castillo gets back on the diamond.

After spending a few days at his home in Florida, Castillo will report to the Arizona Fall League later this week. He'll stay there through the end of October.

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Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Cherington to focus on rotation, lefty bats and bullpen

Red Sox plan to address primary needs in offseason

Cherington to focus on rotation, lefty bats and bullpen

BOSTON -- The offseason didn't officially start until Monday, but Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington will be the first to tell you he's been plotting it for weeks.

That's the byproduct of a season gone bad, one in which the defending World Series champions essentially identified they wouldn't be playing in October as far back as late July. So now, as other teams get ready for the postseason, Cherington will start to put his plan in motion.

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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