Rotation a strength for the Red Sox

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When the Red Sox suffered their epic collapse in 2011, starting pitching was to blame. Boston starters were 4-13 and had a 7.08 earned run average that month.

In 27 games, the starting pitcher failed to go five innings 11 times. What started out as a few bumps turned into an avalanche of losses as the rotation’s lack of depth and talent was exposed in the heat of the pennant race.

Tim Wakefield, who retired five months later, started four times. Overmatched rookie Kyle Weiland got three starts. He has pitched three games in the majors in the two seasons since.

Andrew Miller got two starts before being returned to the bullpen. John Lackey made five starts with an ulnar collateral ligament that was in tatters and required surgery.

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