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McAdam: Red Sox, with the help of Steve Pearce, figuring things out against lefties

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It wasn't very long ago that the Red Sox' inability to beat lefthanded starters looked like it might turn out to be the club's -- to use a term coined by Theo Epstein -- "fatal flaw.''

It was bad enough that the Red Sox sported a losing record in games starter by lefthanders. Add in the prospect of having to face quality lefties in October (New York's CC Sabathia, Houston's Dallas Keuchel, Seattle's James Paxton), and it was suddenly an area of considerable concern.

That's what drove the team's acquisition of Steve Pearce from Toronto at the end of the team's last homestand. Pearce has a well-earned reputation as a hitter who can do damage against lefties, a trait he's continued to demonstrate in his first 10 days in a Red Sox uniform.

Granted, it may be a relatively small sample size, but in the last six games started by a lefty, the Sox are now