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Hot Stove Lunch: Red Sox not expected to go hard after Japanese ace

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Sometime next week, it's highly probable that lefty Yusei Kikuchi will be posted by the Seibu Lions in Japan and be available for bid to all 30 MLB teams.

But don't expect the Red Sox to be among the teams clamoring for him.

While Kikuchi has great talent -- with a 73-46 lifetime mark and a career ERA of 2.77, he also has a history of shoulder problems, and according to a source,