Quote to note

"Their ability to do what they've done has made the injuries and some of the playing short a little bit not really affect us. We haven't won as many games as we want, but that's not been the reason. They've allowed us to carry an extra pitcher for most of the time, because of their versatility."
-- Francona, on bench players Mike Aviles and Ryan Raburn

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