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"Because we are a pretty diverse group, and we're a pretty good team, we'll probably have a lot of guys who will be considered," Francona said. "He's very excited about it, also. I don't know how to get around it. They've come up with that plan, and you follow it. We'll do the best we can."
The Red Sox had to deal with an early start this year when they opened the 2008 season in Japan, a schedule Francona said took a lot out of them.
"Any time you go 6,000 miles to play two games, that's a tough trip," he said. "I think we said right away that we wouldn't allow that to be an excuse. ... It was good for Major League Baseball, and I hope that we were a good representative, a respectful representative."
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