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"From a staff, the more consistent we are, I think it makes it easier for the players to play the game. Sometimes the game is hard. Some times [are] harder than others. I think, as a staff, if we're consistent, I think that helps. So we'll do that. And to be honest with you, you know there's ups and downs during a year. You just know it. [That] doesn't make the downs any easier, but you just have to fight through it. And the more you fight, you'll get through it. I'm confident that we will." -- Francona

Mark Emery is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.