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11/01/11 5:21 PM ET

Cherington tweets with Red Sox fans

RedSox: We're sitting down w/ GM Ben Cherington for Q&A soon! Join conversation using #AsktheSox or follow at redsox.com/askthesox

Cherington: Hey this is Ben..I'm here and ready to answer some questions. #AskTheSox

Tweet: @RedSox Does the Sox Line-up have to get More Righty? #AsktheSox

Cherington: Building a balanced lineup is optimal but most important thing is to have a tough lineup from top to bottom..which we had in 2011 #AskTheSox

Tweet: @RedSox Ben, so we now have 2 open spots for our rotation. Will Dice-K be able to fill one of those in 2012? #Askthesox

Cherington: Dice won't be ready to start season but is making good progress. we'll create rotation competition and have some internal candidates...

Tweet: @RedSox what is going to happen with David Ortiz and jonathan papelbon? #AsktheSox

Cherington: David and Pap are both great players and we'd love to have..we'll keep talking to both to see if there is a deal that makes sense #AskTheSox

Tweet: @RedSox #AsktheSox:If Lavarnway can hit in the majors he should start at C. Isn't Napoli proof that a C can make up for his bad D w/his bat?

Cherington: Ryan's got a great track record and we believe he'll be a good ML hitter..we believe he'll be a good catcher in the big leagues #AskTheSox

Tweet: @RedSox Who are the top candidates for the managerial position? #AsktheSox

Cherington: We interviewed Pete Mackanin yesterday, we'll meet w Dale Sveum tomorrow and there will be other candidates as well. MORE #AskTheSox

Cherington: I look forward to getting to know the candidates better and finding the right person to lead our team in 2012 and beyond #AskTheSox

Tweet: @RedSox Have you checked the secret compartment under Theo's desk yet? I heard that's where he keeps the emergency whiskey. #AsktheSox

Cherington: No whiskey but I did find the key to Carmine..he had kept it hidden from all of us j/k #AskTheSox

Tweet: @RedSox coming to Boston is tough after last year. Is your mindset on winning world series in 2012 or is 2012 a rebuild year? #AsktheSox

Cherington: Sox fans deserve team that contends for playoffs every year. We will always be focused on the present but keep one eye on future #AskTheSox

Tweet: #AsktheSox Mr. Cherington what are your plans for Lackey??

Cherington: Lack is having Tommy John surgery and is going to work very hard to return to form that made him one of the best starters in AL #AskTheSox

Cherington: Lots of phone calls to make so I have to sign off..enjoyed it and hope I can do it again sometime #AskTheSox

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