"We're trying to balance guys trying to make the team, getting ready for the season, being fair to everybody. The first couple weeks, we had [Corey Kluber pitch second in a game]. Cooperative group of guys. And we don't want for one minute to lose sight of that. We had a couple games where [Carlos Carrasco] came in third. I'm telling you, I've been on other teams where that doesn't work. But it was easier to set up their days if we did that, and nobody said a word. We appreciate that."
-- Francona on pitchers' willingness to pitch in "B" games or in other unconventional situations
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