Beckett Has Red Sox Nation Optimistic
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Beckett Has Red Sox Nation Optimistic

04.07.06: "If the discontented winter was like a no-holds-barred fight between a married couple, the summer looks like it's shaping up to be one long, amorous make-up session. If part of the internal battle for the soul of the team was the tension between GM Theo Epstein's desire to create a deep, healthy organization and team president Larry Lucchino's insistence on contending every year, the Sox appear to be having it both ways. They've gotten younger by acquiring Beckett, 25, Coco Crisp, 26, and Wily Mo Pena, 24, while keeping rising star Jonathan Papelbon, 25. And anyone who watched the Sox take two of three in Texas knows that the team remains a serious contender, if not the early favorite." -- Beckett Has Red Sox Nation Optimistic, Kevin Hench,

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Pedro Martinez delivers a pitch in the second inning against the Washington Nationals Thursday April 6, 2006 at New York's Shea Stadium.

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Boston Herald:

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