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Red Sox Notes: Matt Barnes solves the mystery of a bad outing

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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Through the first few batters in the fifth inning Monday afternoon, the Minnesota Twins were hitting shots off reliever Matt Barnes.

This had Barnes perplexed, and in the dugout, manager Alex Cora and pitching coach Dana LeVangie were equally mystified.

"I thought too many good swings were taking place for a guy that was actually throwing pretty well,'' LeVangie noted after the Red Sox' 4-1 loss to the Twins.

Turns out, there was a reason. Someone -- Cora is a good candidate -- noted that Barnes was tipping pitches. LeVangie informed him of this during a lengthy mound visit and things were quickly rectified.