Red Sox and fans start "Farrell Strong" campaign

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When John Farrell addressed the media prior to the Red Sox taking on the Mariners in their series opener, nobody knew what to expect.

 I don't think anyone dreamed of what would come next.

Farrell revealed that he has been diagnosed with Stage 1 lymphoma, it was found when Farrell had hernia surgery on Monday.

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Farrell stated, "It's been a shocker, but I take a step back and I am extremely, extremely fortunate to have caught this at this stage."

It certainly was a lot to handle, but Farrell told fans to rest assured and that he will be back with the team in the future. "There's going to be a good outcome to this" He said. Torey Lovullo will serve as the acting manager for the rest of the season.

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Play for Farrell

Over the past couple of days at Fenway Park, fans all over the stadium have brought signs that read, "Farrell Strong", in a move that has its routes in the movement following the tragic Boston Marathon bombings of 2013.

The Sox went on to win the World Series that year. This season, the Sox sit at 52-65 with a month and a half to play. They are 12.5 games behind the first place Yankees, and 8.5 games behind the second Wild Card holders the Angels.

8.5 games is a lot of ground to make up but, with the bats the Sox have been swinging on this home stand, anything can be accomplished.

The Sox routed the Mariners two games in row over the weekend, outscoring them 37-11 in those two games (15-1 and 22-10 were the final scores) but they couldn't manage a clean sweep. Boston finished up the series with Seattle on Sunday with a 10-8 loss.

Next they will play host to the last place Indians, another chance for Boston to make up some ground. After Cleveland, Boston will be in for a real test, the American League leading Kansas City Royals. If Boston takes 7 out of these 10 games in this homestand, they could find themselves in a position for a wild card spot down the stretch but, it will take a lot of work.

Homestand Stars

Jackie Bradley Jr.: In just the first two games of the home-stand, JBJ is 8-11 at the plate, he has 8 RBI's and 6 runs scored.

David Ortiz: Big papi has found his swing at just the right time, going 5-7 at the dish with 3 runs scored and 4 RBI's

Travis Shaw: Even though he wen 0-6 in the second game of the series, he went 3-5 with 2 runs scored, 3 RBI's and 2 HR.

Red Sox Fans: Do you think the Sox can climb their way back into the Wild Card race? Or are they too far out?

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