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"I've been impressed. I didnt know Cabby that well coming in here. As an opponent, I thought he was a good player. I didn't realize, though, how good a player he is. His batting average probably isn't where he wants it right now, but I didn't realize quite how good a baseball player he is. He sees the game pretty good. And as the game gets tighter, you see him taking more charge. I like that." --Francona on shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera

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